Freeman Neosho Hospital celebrated 25 years on Wednesday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments and comments from Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker and Freeman Neosho Hospital Chief Operating Officer Renee Denton.

Freeman Neosho Hospital celebrated 25 years on Wednesday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments and comments from Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker and Freeman Neosho Hospital Chief Operating Officer Renee Denton.

"Today, this is truly a milestone and we look forward to celebrating many more years," said Denton.

"Twenty five years ago, this facility (formerly Sale Memorial Hospital) became part of the Freeman family," said Baker in her opening statements. "And we are so glad that they did, because here at Freeman Neosho, we provide expert and personalized care to the community. Twenty five years may seem like a long time, but history inside these walls, dates back even further."

The origin of the former Sale Memorial Hospital can be traced to 1937, when it was established as Sale-Bowman Hospital by Dr. Onal Carter Sale and Dr. Melvin C. Bowman. Following Sale’s death in 1944, the hospital was renamed Sale Memorial Hospital. Freeman acquired the facility in 1993. Since then, Freeman Neosho Hospital has continued to increase the level of services to residents in Newton and McDonald counties.

"When Freeman acquired that facility and became the first multi-hospital system in the area, in the years to come, Freeman Neosho Hospital has increased the level of services to this area including Freeman OccuMed, Freeman Clinic of Anderson, Freeman Seneca Family Medicine and Freeman Ambulance Service of McDonald County," said Baker. "Patients in Neosho and surrounding communities choose to come to Freeman Neosho Hospital for a lot of reasons. But they do recognize the advance treatments and quality care as provided within these walls and most importantly this hospital saves lives each and every day."

Denton applauded the healthcare commitment provided at the hospital.

"Freeman Neosho Hospital is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of care close to home and the many advances since 1993 are a testament to the commitment not only in past years, but in ongoing years," said Denton. "Not only have we invested heavily in healthcare technology, we have also invested in people who are both passionate about helping others and are among the finest in the healthcare field. I could not be more excited to the future of Freeman Neosho Hospital and I am proud of our unique ability to offer services not typically available in smaller communities. We are very proud of our investments - not only in our new technologies, but our expansion of services and the ability to offer innovative treatments that patients in neosho and our surrounding communities. Our goal is to provide patients with the ultimate healthcare experience and in the future, patients can expect to see our continued commitment to innovation and personalized care very close to home."

 

Future

"I am extremely proud of the care our physicians, nurses, and all of the staff here provide, they are a real testament to the health system," said Baker in her final comments. "This is a time to celebrate the thousands of patients who have found hope, and feelings inside these walls - past and future generations to find comfort in knowing our commitment is to compassionate and quality healthcare. And it has not changed since the day this facility opened and it won't change ever as we go into the future."