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JOPLIN, Mo.—After losing half its Joplin facilities in the May 22, 2011, tornado, Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System, is fully restored. On January 30, Ozark Center reopened New Directions residential substance abuse treatment and medical detoxification facility, marking the end of its long road to recovery.
Ozark Center, an entity of Freeman Health System, has once again earned a three-year accreditation from Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body. Its mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process centered around enhancing the lives of the people served. Founded in 1966, CARF establishes consumer-focus standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and standards.
Freeman Health System was honored with an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group Fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score. Freeman is one of 17 hospitals in Missouri to receive the grade. The score rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, accidents, injuries and infections.
“We are proud to have our physicians and staff recognized for their commitment to patient safety,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “When patients come to Freeman, they receive safe, state-of-the-art care that excels in quality time and time again.”
JOPLIN, Mo. – In observance of World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday, September 10, the mental health professionals at Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System, urge the community to join them in their efforts to prevent suicides and save precious lives. Members of the community can show support for suicide prevention and honor lost loved ones and survivors of suicide by lighting a candle near a window at 8 pm on Thursday, September 10.
On Sunday, March 9, the time will spring forward, making it hard for many to fall back to sleep. Adjusting to the springtime loss of an hour is often more difficult than gaining one in the fall. This change disrupts the body’s circadian rhythm, our natural sleep cycle. Dr. Jason Maxfield, Freeman board-certified sleep medicine physician, said research shows that sleeping too little can impact productivity and a person’s ability to remember and consolidate information.
JOPLIN, Mo.—Ozark Center officially opened a second Pre-Adult Transitional Housing (PATH) apartment complex, a new residence to homeless youth in need of long-term housing, as well as assistance developing essential life skills. After seven months of construction, the completion of PATH II doubles the number of young adults Ozark Center can house.