At 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 25, Freeman Neosho Hospital will celebrate 25 years in Neosho, with a ceremony.

At 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 25, Freeman Neosho Hospital will celebrate 25 years in Neosho, with a ceremony.

"Attendees will hear a little history about the hospital, followed by light refreshments," said Renee Denton, Freeman Neosho Hospital Chief Operating Officer. "The Neosho (Area) Chamber of Commerce will also join us in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this hospital being a part of Freeman Health System."

Everyone is invited – especially current and former patients, Denton said.

"This is a chance to celebrate the care our physicians, staff and nurses provide," she said. "It’s also a time to honor the thousands of patients who have found hope and healing inside these walls."

Asked how pleased Freeman Health System is being in Neosho and providing care, Denton said, "Patients in Neosho and surrounding communities choose to come to Freeman Neosho Hospital because they recognize the advanced treatments and quality care we provide. Most importantly, we are saving lives each and every day. I am extremely proud of the care our physicians, nurses and staff provide."

Since 1993 - when Freeman came into Neosho - there have been some changes at the hospital.

"Freeman has added a number of services to the Neosho," she said. "We added Freeman OccuMed, which helps area employers keep their employees healthy and productive. Outpatient rehabilitation services were also expanded including occupational, speech, physical and cardiac rehabilitation. Freeman Neosho Physician Group was constructed in 1999, which is home to a number of providers including pediatric and primary care. Ozark Center, which is an entity of Freeman Health System, also provides behavioral health services. Freeman opened Freeman Clinic of Anderson in 2003 and we’ve established partnerships for school-based health clinics with a number of area school districts including Neosho, McDonald County, Seneca and Carl Junction. These clinics provide healthcare to students, faculty and staff in an easily accessible venue. School health clinics strive to improve the physical and mental health of students, increase access to healthcare and decrease time lost from school by partnering to provide health service. With parental consent, school nurses work with Freeman healthcare professionals to determine if further evaluation or treatment is needed. In 2003, Freeman purchased the Elk River Ambulance Service, which is now known as Freeman Ambulance Service of McDonald County."

Future of Freeman

"I could not be more excited about the future of Freeman Neosho Hospital and am proud of our unique ability to offer services not typically available in communities our size," said Denton "We are proud of our investments in new technologies, our expansion of services and the ability to offer innovative treatments to patients in Neosho and surrounding communities."