Freeman Neosho Hospital will use a $100,000 grant to create the Southwest Missouri School Health Network. That network is a partnership of Freeman Neosho, Ozark Center, and McDonald County R-1 School District.
The one-year planning grant will focus on care coordination among network partners, as they lay the groundwork for a robust network focused on delivering school health services. Health care service delivery changes will include: Telehealth visits for medical and behavioral health; increased health education for children and families; greater awareness and response to the needs of children and families with complex medical and social needs; collaborative benchmarking of health outcomes and reporting on improvement over time; and development of a school wellness council that includes parents, students, and community members. The sustainability plan will be developed using the CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, and the network will align its planning efforts with the Missouri Department of Education’s Coordinated School Health Coalition and the national School-Based Health Alliance.
With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart and vascular 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.
This was reported by KOAM News Now on July 14, 2020.
Contact information: Freeman Health System, 1102 West 32nd Street, Joplin, Missouri 64804; 417-347-1111; Website: www.freemanhealth.com