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Ozark Center Announces New Chief Administrative Officer

October 13, 2017

Long-time employee continues legacy of quality behavioral health.

Vicky Mieseler, MS, BCCP, NCP, was recently named chief administrative officer for Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System. She previously served as Ozark Center Vice President of Clinical Services. In her new role, Mieseler assumes responsibility for the overall leadership and administration of Ozark Center.

“As a 33-year employee, it goes without saying that Ozark Center is an integral part of my life,” said Mieseler. “I value those we’ve served and am so proud of what our staff have accomplished through the years. There is nothing more satisfying at the end of a long day than to realize how important our services are to community members.”

A nationally and state-certified psychologist, Mieseler graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She earned a master’s degree in psychology from Pittsburg State University. 

The International Center for Psychosocial Trauma (ICPT) honored Mieseler with its 2011 Humanitarian Award. This award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to promote the welfare of children and their families. ICPT recognized Mieseler for her contributions to the field of mental health, noting specifically her tireless efforts to coordinate mental health services following the May 22, 2011, tornado in Joplin.

“Through Vicky’s dedication and passion, countless individuals and families have been profoundly impacted during the most vulnerable points in their lives,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “I know she will continue the rich legacy built by those before her at Ozark Center.”

“I am passionate, tenacious and determined,” said Mieseler. “I envision my career having a lasting impact on people whose lives were changed, or even saved, through innovative behavioral health services.”

Mieseler has earned numerous awards and honors, most recently achieving the distinction of diplomate status from American Psychotherapy Association (APA). Diplomate status is a designation based on measureable skills, knowledge, experience and training. It is the highest honor awarded by APA, an organization registered with the National Certification Commission.

About Ozark Center

An integral component of Freeman Health System based in Joplin, Mo., Ozark Center provides comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adults and families in an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Ozark Center continually looks for innovative ways to address the mental health needs of the community and promote awareness of mental illness in an effort to eliminate the discrimination associated with it. For more information, visit or call 417.347.7600.

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. 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 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