Freeman News

Local Doctor Returns Home to Freeman

March 05, 2021

Dr. Ronald Browning Joins Staff of Internal Medicine

Joplin, MO – Freeman Health System welcomes Dr. Ronald Browning and his internal medicine practice. A member of the Joplin community for 45 years, Dr. Browning got his start at Freeman back in 1976. At that time, he established Joplin’s first cardiac rehabilitation program in Joplin at Freeman including the first use of stress testing in heart care and performed the first Swan-Ganz pulmonary artery catheterization.

“Being a doctor is not what I do – it’s who I am,” said Dr. Browning. “I think I’ve experienced everything medically and feel comfortable treating all kinds of disease. A lot of my patients were healthy when they first came to me, but now as older adults are experiencing more complicated and challenging health issues. I know their history.”

Dr. Browning maintains an office that he helped design in the Bentlage building at 3202 McIntosh Circle. He will now utilize electronic medical records and Freeman professional staff for payroll and billing.

To make an appointment with Dr. Ronald Browning call Browning Internal Medicine at 417.781.9200.


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 2020-2021. 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