(Pittsburg, KS) – On what she referred to as a “monumental day,” Freeman Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker announced plans for the region’s largest provider of healthcare services to construct a state-of-the-art, full-service hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.
“The residents of Pittsburg and Southeast Kansas deserve the best and at Freeman Health System we are committed to providing just that — quality, innovative healthcare in your own backyard,” Baker said.
During a special press conference held on August 23, a rendition of the new hospital — which will offer 50 beds and span 170,000 square feet — was unveiled to local media. Upon completion, the hospital will create between 500 and 1,000 new jobs in southeast Kansas.
“Hospitals are central to the success and well-being of every community, adding to the vibrancy and strength of our local communities,” Baker said during the conference. “Over the last several years, numerous business and community leaders have urged Freeman to expand their services in Southeast Kansas, and we are very excited to take this next step.”
Freeman already possesses a sizeable footprint in Pittsburg, thanks to several primary care clinics, an outpatient surgery center and a comprehensive medical oncology program. Additionally, earlier this month, Freeman continued its partnership as the exclusive provider of sports medicine for Pittsburg State University athletics.
“Everything we have built over the last decade in Southeast Kansas has been with you (residents) in mind,” Baker said. “It’s time for Freeman to do this.”
The new Freeman Pittsburg hospital will offer a full array of services including an emergency department, cardiac services, an intensive care unit, maternity, pediatrics, outpatient/inpatient surgery — including robotic procedures — as well as medical and radiation oncology, among other key services. New physicians, nurses and technicians will also be recruited to provide healthcare in Pittsburg, Baker said.
Freeman officials are now working with an architectural team to finalize building plans and to identify an optimal location in Pittsburg to begin construction.
“We are fast tracking this project as much as humanly possible,” Baker said. “If you live in Pittsburg or the surrounding communities, you have no doubt experienced the impact of Freeman Health System in your hometowns. Southeast Kansas and Pittsburg are very important to Freeman, and we have made significant investments in your communities to ensure you have the highest quality healthcare available. Many of you have already entrusted your care to us and we are honored to be your healthcare provider.”
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