People in business

Joplin attorney Bill Fleischaker was named Outstanding Contract Defender for 2018 at the Missouri State Public Defender Awards Luncheon recently.

Fleischaker received the award for standing in when public defenders are unable to handle an indigent person's legal case. He is a former public defender and the current vice president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

He practices law privately with the firm Fleischaker & Williams, 418 S. Wall Ave. in Joplin.


Eric Secker has been hired by Arvest Bank as regional manager for its Arvest Wealth Management division.

Secker brings more than 20 years of industry experience to his new role. His responsibilities include market management and sales development management of the assigned AWM regional team, among other duties.

Secker is a graduate of Westminster College with a bachelor’s degree in history.

Local fiber ISP sold

Aire Internet, a St. Louis-based startup that has been providing broadband internet service in the Joplin area for the past three years, announced earlier this month that it has been sold to Aire Communications Group.

The transaction was completed in July 2017, the companies' announcement says. In the time since, Aire Communications Group has worked to upgrade the company's network, particularly in Joplin and Carl Junction.

Aire Fiber in 2015 announced a partnership with the city of Carl Junction to install a wireless internet network over most of the city, using fiber optic cables on city water towers. The company has said it has hundreds of customers in the area.

Mercy Hospital Joplin

receives Vista Award

Mercy Hospital Joplin received the Vista Award from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering recently in recognition of the organization’s team-based approach to planning, designing and constructing the new hospital.

ASHE is a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association. The Vista Awards are not design awards. Instead, they recognize the importance of collaboration, communication and teamwork in creating optimal health care environments. Mercy Hospital Joplin earned the Vista Award for new construction projects.

The Mercy Hospital Joplin campus opened in March 2015, nearly four years after an EF5 tornado destroyed the former St. John’s Regional Medical Center.

The hospital has also served as a model when building Mercy centers in other locations because of its dedication to safety and efficiency.

Ozark Center opens

new outpatient location

Ozark Center this week opened a new location for adult outpatient services, saying it serves as a "One Stop Shop” for mental health care.

The new location is 3901 E. 32nd St.

Following the event, visitors were able to tour the 34,000-square-foot building and learn more about services offered there.

Ozark Center is part of Freeman Health System.

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