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February 4, 2014

Freeman Health operating clinic in Carl Junction

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — A medical clinic has opened in Carl Junction, giving residents a local health care option for the first time in several years.

The Carl Junction Family Medicine Clinic, which is part of Freeman Health System, opened on Jan. 2.

The city’s Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Thursday to celebrate the establishment of the clinic, located at 104 S. Main St.

Christen Stark, spokeswoman for Freeman, said the number of patients seen so far makes it evident that the clinic is in high demand, adding that the response from the community has been “overwhelming.”

“We are seeing a high number of school-age children, as well as senior citizens,” she said. “It is clear that Freeman is filling a need in the Carl Junction community.”

Stark said the clinic is staffed by three people and will be backed by the support of Freeman’s 300 physicians and 60 specialties.

Tiffany Huffman, a nurse practitioner, serves as the head of the clinic. She works in collaboration with Dr. Troy Eichelberger and Dr. John Paulson.

Stark said Freeman’s administrative leaders approached Huffman, who earned a master’s degree in nursing at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, with the opportunity to serve as a family nurse practitioner at the clinic.

“As a resident of Carl Junction and a graduate of their school system, Tiffany already has a deep connection to the community,” Stark said.

City Administrator Steve Lawver said Mercy Health left Carl Junction several years ago, and the clinic has been vacant since.

Lawver said the city’s insurance is with Freeman, making it more convenient for employees who want to use the clinic.

A news release from the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce said the addition of a medical clinic is an important step in ongoing economic development efforts.

Freeman system

FREEMAN HEALTH SYSTEM is based in Joplin and serves the Four-State Area.

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