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A grateful heart

Roy Huntington, patient Dr. John Cox

Roy Huntington prides himself on staying physically fit. He adheres to a healthy diet, exercises regularly, and has never smoked. His infectious positive attitude, he feels, has played an important role in maintaining his good health. Until recently, Roy never needed hospitalization. That changed in the early morning hours of November 6, 2012, when he awoke suddenly at 4:30 am with what felt like severe heartburn. His wife, Suzi, noticed he looked pale. At age 58 and the picture of health, Roy suspected he was having a heart attack. 

Within minutes of his arrival at Dr. Robert and Dorothy Willcoxon Emergency/Trauma Center at Freeman Hospital West, doctors confirmed Roy’s suspicion. Freeman Cardiologist Dr. John Cox determined that Roy’s right coronary artery was completely occluded, and the left artery functioned at only 20 percent capacity. Dr. Cox performed emergency surgery, putting two stents in place to open the blockages. Remarkably, by 6:30 am, Roy was feeling like new and enjoying breakfast in his hospital room. 

“I can’t say enough about my experience at Freeman. Less than 30 minutes passed from the time I arrived in the emergency room until my surgery began. I am here today only because of the skill and quick action of those who cared for me,” commented Roy. 

Because Roy feels so thankful for the exceptional care he received, he chose to give a Healing Hands gift to Freeman Foundation in honor of Dr. Cox. “As a former policeman, I spent many years helping others. Until I had my heart attack, I had never been that person who needed help,” remarked Roy. “With this gift, I have the opportunity to pay it forward—to give back. It feels great knowing this gift will help ensure future patients have access to the same level of care I received.” 

Gratifying experience. Meaningful philanthropy.

Introducing Healing Hands Caregiver Recognition

Perhaps he or she performed lifesaving surgery and cared for you during your most difficult days. Maybe your caregiver offered an encouraging word, a gentle touch, or relief from discomfort. Express gratitude to the physician, nurse, or other caregiver who touched your life and made a difference during your stay at Freeman with a Healing Hands gift. You will honor your caregiver in a meaningful way.

You may designate your gift to the fund of your choosing or direct it to the area of greatest need. Your generous contribution will pay tribute to those who provided exceptional care and offer hope and healing to future patients for years to come.

The caregiver you honor will receive special mementos:

  • Gift of $99 or less – Keepsake card with your personal message
  • Gift of $100 - $499 – Keepsake card with your personal message and custom lapel pin engraved with your name, the year, and “thank you”
  • Gift of $500 or more – Keepsake card with your personal message and custom lapel pin engraved with your name, the year, “thank you,” and one additional line of engraved copy

The amount of your gift will remain confidential.

To honor your Freeman caregiver with Healing Hands recognition, click here or call 417.347.6557.

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A community partnership

KSN General Manager John Hoffman appreciates and values the exceptional care Freeman provides for our communities. So when asked to help champion Corporate Partners—an annual giving initiative for corporations, business owners, vendors, and foundations—he didn’t think twice about saying yes. Corporate Partners contributions enable Freeman to meet the greatest unmet healthcare needs in the communities we serve. 

As a thank you, Corporate Partners donors receive exclusive benefits, such as recognition in print and online materials; on-site health education presentations, employee health screenings, and wellness services provided by Freeman clinicians; behind-the-scenes tours of Freeman facilities hosted by Freeman leadership; and invitations to VIP events.

Designed with maximum flexibility in mind, Corporate Partners offers several giving levels. We welcome the opportunity to discuss with you the benefits of becoming a Corporate Partner. For more information or to schedule a meeting with a Freeman Foundation representative, please call 417.347.6557.

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