(Neosho, MO) – Freeman Health System officials announced earlier this month they are investing $1.2 million into the future health needs of Neosho and rural Newton County residents.
A new 4,266-square-foot addition to Freeman Neosho Physician Group building, located across from Freeman Neosho Hospital, is now underway. The expanded office building will open to the public in November.
“In our quest to continually improve services and facilities, Freeman Health System is investing in the future of healthcare for the people of Neosho and beyond,” said Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker.
The new addition will increase clinic and office space, including the addition of 14 exam rooms to the existing physician building located at 336 S. Jefferson Street, which will undergo extensive renovation as well.
“On top of much needed clinic space, this expansion also supports the Family Medicine Residency that Freeman runs in affiliation with Kansas City University of Medicine,” Baker said. “KCU-Joplin acknowledges Freeman Health System as its academic center, and we’re proud to build on our tradition of physician-education here in Neosho.”
The Family Medicine Residency Clinic, now in its second year, adds two new resident physicians each year for three-year clinical stints. Typically, these doctors in training develop skills in laboratory work, medical procedures and patient care. The program’s first two residents, Dr. Omar Rehman and Dr. Terrance Kelly, began accepting patients at the clinic in 2022. Last month, Dr. Brandyce Elia and Dr. Robert Morris joined the team. Two more doctors will come aboard next July.
“Freeman Neosho Hospital and Physician’s Group are thrilled to serve as the rural tract location for Kansas City University’s Family Medicine Residency Clinic,” said Renee Denton, Freeman Neosho Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer. “It is infrequent that a full residency clinic is available to a rural location, so to have this clinic available in Neosho will be extremely beneficial and increase access to medical care right here at home.”
The Neosho-based residency clinic provides care for the entire family through every stage of life.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for those in our community who may be looking for a physician who can care for their newborn child or their great-grandparent, to be able to establish with one physician and receive exceptional care,” Denton said.
The residency clinic is currently scheduling new patients — infants through seniors — and appointments can be made by calling 417.347.4200.
About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center — the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services — as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2020, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2020. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit freemanhealth.com.
Kevin McClintock, Media Relations Coordinator
Freeman Health System