JOPLIN, MO.--- Two major hospitals have partnered up to create a new medical clinic. Freeman Health System and Children's Kansas City have partnered together to create a pediatric clinic, which is an extension of Children's Mercy.
"I am so excited about this. You know we value every patient within the Freeman Health System, but I think everybody has in their heart a very, very soft spot for children, and we certainly do," said Paula Baker, Freeman Health System CEO and President.
The clinic is more than 18,000 square feet and will offer seven different specialties. The new clinic will make pediatric care more convenient for families in the Joplin area.
"You know when parents have to take off work and travel to Kanas City, that's a hardship. And it's also difficult for a child who's not feeling their best to make that trip. So to have it right here on Freeman campus, we think is an amazing break-through for pediatric services," said Baker.
The clinic will provide pediatric care for families, such as the Lantz's.
"There were times we were very scared for his life. So it was the most terrifying thing I've ever been though," said Becky Lantz, Patient's Mother.
Braden is a 6-year-old boy who was diagnosed with pancreatutis and Addison's Disease last year. He and his family are from Joplin and the new clinic will make Braden's treatments more convenient for his family.
"Whenever we had to go to Kansas City, Braden would have to miss, you know, several days of school to get there. And the travel expenses were high so we are just grateful that it's like a 10 minute drive from our house," said Becky.
The institutions will also share data, resources, protocols, and guidelines that will all contribute to making this partnership successful.
"Through this affiliation, we will be able to make a great impact and bring about new miracles, if you will, for children in this community," said Marshaun Butler, Children's Mercy Kansas City.
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