The Joplin Health Department is now offering cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes for the community, with the first classes offered on Thursday, September 8. Three different courses, including Friends and Family, Heart Saver, and Heart Code Basic Life Support, follow American Heart Association’s criteria with two of the three classes offered each month. The first sessions include HeartCode BLS Skills Checkoff from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Friends and Family offered from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on September 8. All classes will be held in a meeting room of the Joplin Public Library. To determine which class fits specific needs, please see descriptions below.

Friends and Family CPR AED  – The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and mild and severe airway block for adults, children, and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.

Heartsaver CPR AED – This course is for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for their job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements or anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. Upon successful course completion, students receive a course completion card, valid for two years.

HeartCode® BLS Skills Checkoff –HeartCode® BLS Online is a self-directed, comprehensive eLearning program that uses adaptive learning technology to allow learners to acquire and demonstrate Basic Life Support skills using a personalized learning path that adapts in real-time to a learner’s performance. The program is designed for healthcare professionals who need Basic Life Support training for their clinical duties. Utilizing a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, Cognitive Assessment Activities, illustrations, knowledge checks, and interactive activities, this program teaches BLS knowledge and skills. This method of learning provides training consistency and adaptability to different learning styles. Students can work at their own pace applying their knowledge to real-time decision-making. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each knowledge check and each Cognitive Assessment Activity. Students who successfully complete the cognitive portion and the hands-on session (skills) will receive an AHA BLS Provider course completion card (eCard), valid for two years.

Fees for the classes are Friends and Family is $25, HeartSaver is $50 (full in class setting), and Heart Code Basic Life Support is $20 for the skills check-off.  Participants can register and pay for any of the classes on the Joplin Parks registration website of their online catalog. Classes are listed under the Adult Programs division of the registration site. Citizens can also call the Health Department at 417-623-6122, ext. 1256.

The remaining schedule for upcoming months includes:

September 8, 2022 Conference Room 1 4:00pm-7:00pm X 2:30pm-3:30pm
October 18, 2022 Conference Room 1 9:30am – 12:00pm 1:30pm-4:30pm X
November 10, 2022 Community Room East X 12:00pm-4:00pm 9:30am-10:30am
December 13, 2022 Conference Room 1 4:00pm-7:00pm X 2:30pm-3:30pm

Submitted By:      Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer, 417-624-0820, ext. 1204


Joplin, Mo – November is National Family Caregivers Month. More than 65 million people – 29% of the United States population – provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year. According to the Caregiver Action Network (the National Family Caregivers Association), these individuals spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.

Freeman Health System recognizes the stresses of the responsibility of being a caregiver. Each month, the Freeman Caregiver Support group offers advice and resources. Formed in March of 2021, the group has members from Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Each month’s meeting includes an educational guest speaker, a question and answer opportunity, and small group discussions that answer participants’ questions or concerns.

“Support group members shared their needs with us when we first started,” said Freeman Community Health Worker Kathy Mason. “They are looking for everything from ways to relieve stress and find time for self-care, to ways to handle hygiene issues and locate aid and assistance for their loved ones. They enjoy being able to share their situations with others who can understand. And they also have some fun with a quick craft or game and a monthly door prize.”

This month, on November 18,  the Freeman Caregiver Support Group welcomes attorney Luke Boyer from the Boyer Law Firm to discuss options for planning a trust or will. He will also talk about the importance of having power of attorney documents.

Facilitated by Ozark Center Assistant Director of Adult Outpatient Services Jennifer Berry, MSW, LCSW, the support group meets from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at Freeman East conference rooms. Physical distancing and mask wearing are practiced. Refreshments and door prizes are provided.

Please RSVP to Kathy Mason at or call 417.347.8463.

About Freeman Health System

Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2020, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2020-2021. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart 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. For more information, visit

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