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Freeman Celebrates the Opening of Freeman Lung Institute

June 13, 2017

New clinic offers comprehensive services to individuals with lung disease.

Freeman Health System celebrated the opening of Freeman Lung Institute with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The clinic, the first and only in the area, gives patients access to screening, diagnosis, treatment and support of life-threatening lung diseases in one convenient location.

“The opening of Freeman Lung Institute enables us to elevate the level of care we provide to area patients,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are fortunate to be able to offer comprehensive lung care and meet the needs of our community through expert physicians, nurses and other clinicians.”

Freeman Lung Institute provides comprehensive care for a wide range of pulmonary conditions including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, asthma, pulmonary hypertension and more.

Freeman Lung Institute features best-in-class pulmonary function testing (PFT), which is painless and offers immediate results and instant treatment right in the physician’s offices. Other services include alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency testing, bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound, inhaler education, and smoking cessation counseling.

Located at 1002 McIntosh Circle, Suite 4, in Joplin, Mo., Freeman Lung Institute is home to Dr. Navid Zaidi, Dr. Philip Slocum and Dr. Yashwanth Yerramalla. They are currently accepting patients. To schedule an appointment call 417.347.8315. For more information visit

Photo: Surrounded by Freeman Lung Institute staff and members of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Philip Slocum, Freeman Pulmonologist and Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer, celebrate the opening of Freeman Lung Institute.

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 2017, 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 ranked Freeman one of the top Hospitals in Southwest Missouri more than five years in a row, and the Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Spring 2017 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 60 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart and vascular 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, or follow Freeman at Follow Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker at