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Celebrating 25 Years of Service in Neosho

July 25, 2018

Freeman Neosho Hospital Celebrates Milestone

Freeman Neosho Hospital celebrated 25 years as part of Freeman Health System with a brief ceremony and refreshments. In 1993, Freeman Health System acquired Sale Memorial Hospital, extending services to residents in Newton and McDonald counties.

“This is a time to celebrate the thousands of patients who have found hope and healing at Freeman Neosho Hospital,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “Past generations and future generations should find comfort in knowing our commitment to compassionate and quality healthcare hasn’t changed since the day this facility opened and won’t change as we look to the future.”

The origin of the former Sale Memorial Hospital can be traced to 1937 when it was established as Sale-Bowman Hospital by Dr. Onal Carter Sale and Dr. Melvin C. Bowman. Following Dr. Sale’s death in 1944, the hospital was renamed Sale Memorial Hospital. Freeman acquired the facility in 1993. Since then, Freeman Neosho Hospital has continued to increase the level of services to residents in Newton and McDonald counties.

The most recent project was an addition to expand computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services. The addition was named the Larry D. Neff CT-MRI Suite. A 21-bed critical care access hospital, Freeman Neosho Hospital offers world-class inpatient and outpatient medical services close to home and family. For those requiring emergency medical care, Freeman Neosho offers an emergency room staffed by experienced physicians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

“I could not be more excited about the future of Freeman Neosho Hospital,” said Renee Denton Freeman Neosho Hospital Chief Operating Officer. “I am proud of our unique ability to offer services not typically available in communities our size.”

In addition to hospital services, Freeman Neosho Physician Group provides Neosho and surrounding communities with convenient access to physicians and an array of medical services, including primary care and specialty clinics. Ozark Center provides mental and behavioral health services in Neosho. Primary care services can also be accessed at Freeman Clinic of Anderson and Freeman Seneca Family Medicine.

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 2018, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. The Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Spring 2018 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 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