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Seneca community joined by new Freeman physician

JOPLIN, Mo. – Since moving both her practice and home to Seneca, Mo., Dr. Sarah Moran has developed a closer connection to her patients. There is something to be said, she recently remarked, about seeing your patients at the grocery store or community events. You get to know your patients on a deeper level.

“The patients recognize that you are available to them,” she said. “They appreciate knowing that you, as their physician, are engrained in their community.”

Having previously practiced at a Freeman Health System clinic in Joplin, Dr. Moran said she welcomed the opportunity to start a clinic in the very community she calls home. Her clinic, Freeman Seneca Family Medicine, is located at 1606 Olive Street and is open Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Dr. Moran is now operating the clinic previously run by long-time physician Dr. Robert Sweeten.

"Dr. Sweeten is such a caring and thoughtful physician who has taken great care of his patients throughout the years,” Dr. Moran said. “I’m honored to be connected to the clinic he worked so diligently to establish.”

Many of her patients have followed her from Joplin, a fact that humbles the family practice physician.

“It is an honor to have people who believe in me so much they are willing to travel to Seneca just for my care,” said Dr. Moran.

Moran has a long-standing relationship with Freeman, where she completed her medical residency. It was at Freeman, the area’s only hospital with a residency teaching program, where Dr. Moran said she first realized the profession she had chosen was more than her career. It was her calling.

“It was during my last year of residency at Freeman that I understood my how connected I was going to become to my profession. I was delivering a baby for the very first time. When he opened his eyes, I was the first person he saw. It was this magical moment, and I knew right then that, through the good days and the bad, I would always love being a doctor,” said Dr. Moran.

While she may not deliver babies in her current practice, Dr. Moran does accept them as patients.

“Babies are some of my favorite patients,” she said. “I love watching them grow and change. And I see a tremendous amount of value in having a physician who follows you from the very beginning stages of life. You know those patients from day one.”

Dr. Moran is board-certified in family practice. She completed medical school at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo. Dr. Moran also trained at Lincoln Family Medicine Program in Lincoln, Neb. Her decision to return to Freeman was one that required no pondering.

“The physicians at Freeman care so much about their patients,” she said. “I love this area, and the people are great. It was not a tough decision to come back.”

Those who would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moran may call Freeman Seneca Family Medicine at 417.776.5900. Dr. Moran is currently accepting new patients.

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