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Helping Our Community


Continually looking for new and exciting ways to reach and strengthen the community through wellness education and outreach, Freeman offers a variety of services that extend outside of the walls of the hospital.


To encourage graduation, Freeman collaborates with Joplin Public Schools through Bright Futures and a partnership supporting:

  • South Middle School
  • Early Childhood Learning Center
  • West Central Elementary School
  • Flex Program
  • Beacon School
  • Positive Adults Lunching with Students (PALS)

    2019 Community Benefit Report

      Financial assistance at cost $17,413,346
      Unreimbursed Medicaid   16,012,969
      Community health improvement        432,049
      Health professions education     2,360,886
      Subsidized health services     1,855,701
      Research     1,007,579
      Contributions        490,659
      Community-building activities     1,679,808

    Freeman Development, through Freeman Health System, provided support for the following:

      Healthcare education* 78,422
      Cancer Education/Detection/Community Health** 84,278
      Direct financial assistance/Chaplains Aid Fund & Cancer Fund, Dialysis*** 42,630
      Employee Disaster Fund 700

    *$21,500 Healthcare Education made possible by Auxiliary
    **$300 Cancer Detection made possible by Auxiliary
    ***$26,500 Direct financial assistance made possible by Auxiliary


    Children's Miracle Network Hospitals provided support for:

      Disbursements-aid for medical needs of local families*** 228,797

    ***$15,000 Disbursement-aid for medical needs made possible by Auxiliary 


    Development Office provided support for the following:

    Ronald McDonald House Gift**** 20,000

    ****$20,000 Ronald McDonald House of the Four States gift made possible by Auxiliary

    Freeman Auxiliary/Volunteers provided support for the following:

      Children's Miracle Network Hospitals*** 15,000
      Cardiac Bear Program 3,574
      Neosho Infusion Patients Snacks** 500
      Scholarships – Student Volunteer Program 7,500
      Student Volunteer Program 4,329
      Chaplain Aid Fund** 11,461
      Autism Learning Center 8,500
      Ronald McDonald House**** 20,000
      Blanket Warmer 3,382
      Cancer Institute Chemotherapy Pt. Care Refreshments** 6,000
      Stroke Certification Scholarships* 2,500
      Sponsorship for Kidney Walk for Pt. Assistance Fund*** 10,000
      Mammogram financial aid 300
      Ozark Center – Turnaround Ranch 15,000
      Nursing Event Sponsorship 5,000
      Sponsor for Cancer Institute Hope Soars Picnic 2,500
      Assistance to Nursing Schools* 14,000
      Total 129,546


    Freeman employees provided support for the following:

      Employee Donationsto  Development & Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 125,149
      United Way 25,889


    Additionally, Freeman employees volunteered countless hours to support:

    • United Way Circles Initiatives
    • Child Abuse Prevention Awareness event for kids
    • Salvation Army Joplin
    • Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County/Painting Project
    • Camp Soroptimist Tailgate Dinner
    • Watered Gardens
    • Wildcat Glades Water Festival
    • Ronald McDonald House’s Big Red Shoe Run
    • Life Choices Banquet setup
    • Rapha House
    • Children’s Haven
    • Chase the Chill
    • Salvation Army Pittsburg
    • Spiva Center for the Arts
    • Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri
    • Victory Ministry Sports Complex

    Fostering healthy communities
    Freeman fosters the health of the community through many outreach programs:

    • Diabetes education
    • Support groups for a variety of illnesses and conditions
    • Low-cost community health screenings
    • Mammograms for underinsured women/Helping Friends Mammogram Fund
    • Free annual preseason physical exams for athletes attending area schools
    • Organizing, operating and sponsoring the Joplin Christmas Parade
    • Freeman Health Academy, a program that gives students the opportunity to learn about healthcare careers from Freeman physicians and clinical staff, provided at no cost to students
    • Freeman’s multi-million dollar gift to the development of the KCU Medical School in Joplin and provision of residency and training opportunities for KCU students at a cost of $85,000 per slot

    Supporting our schools
    Freeman partners with Joplin Public Schools and Carl Junction Public Schools through Bright Futures to encourage graduation and help students succeed.

    • Freeman employees volunteer as mentors and help with Positive Adults Lunching with Students, a program that pairs a caring adult with an elementary student who needs a positive role model.
    • Freeman supports activities and events at its partner schools: Joplin High School, Joplin South Middle School, Joplin West Central Elementary School, Joplin Early Childhood Center, Carl Junction High School and Carl Junction Bright Futures. This support includes providing an annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, helping with annual carnivals, football concessions and more.

    More than just a healthcare provider...

    Freeman Health System supports the well-being of the communities it serves by sponsoring Freeman Health First Alert Doppler on KSN-TV 16. The doppler provides early and accurate warnings of potentially damaging storms.

    Comforting families during difficult times

    In 1998 Ronald McDonald House of the Four States opened in a brand new facility on land donated by Freeman Health System. Since that time, Ronald McDonald House of the Four States, has provided a home away from home for more than 2,000 families with seriously ill children or ill expectant mothers staying at nearby hospitals. Ronald McDonald House of the Four States belongs to the worldwide network of more than 300 Ronald McDonald Houses in 30 countries and regions. Click here to learn more about the Ronald McDonald House of the Four States.

    10th Annual Freeman 5K

    Regretfully, Freeman Health System must announce the cancellation of the 10th Annual Freeman 5K and One-Mile Fun Run, which was planned for April 4, 2020, at Joplin YMCA. After careful consideration, we made the difficult decision to cancel out of concern for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our participants’ safety is of the utmost importance. The event will not be rescheduled and no refunds can be provided. Funds have already been spent in preparation for the race on t-shirts, medals as well as race vendor deposits.Participants can still run or walk in their race t-shirts by doing a virtual 5K. They can share pictures of their virtual run on the Freeman 5K Facebook Event page. T-shirt distribution will still take place at a later date. We appreciate those who registered in advance and all who had planned to be part of the race.



    In consideration of your accepting this entry form, I, the undersigned, intending to be legally bound for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages I may have against Freeman Health System, the officials and sponsors of the Freeman 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Fun Run/Walk, whether caused by my negligence or that of Freeman Health System or the officials, sponsors or volunteers working such run. I acknowledge that I am aware of inherent risks of participation in an athletic event of this type. I assume all risk of injury, whether or not caused by negligence, and release any claim I may have for any injury that I may sustain. I irrevocably grant full permission to Freeman Health System to use photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, and/or recordings of me, or any other record of this event, for any legitimate purpose.