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Freeman Announces Winners of Photography Contest

January 23, 2020

Employee Images to Hang in Hospital and New Learning Center

Joplin, Mo – Drum roll! And the winners are Freeman Health System employees! A dozen photos chosen from hundreds of entries submitted by Freeman employees got the most votes from their coworkers. The photographs represent six categories: Animals, Architecture, Four-States, Learning Center, Nature and People.

The number one vote-getter is titled Zooantics by Mark Craig depicting his granddaughter playfully posing at a zoo. Learning Center is a new category this year. Fingerpainting by Amber Morris and Carefree by Jessica Sagehorn will be hung in the new Learning Center, set to open this spring as a care center for employee’s children. Other winners’ work will be displayed in various areas of the hospital.

“I enjoy photography, and it’s just a fun way to participate with the health system,” says Greg Cobble, Freeman Manager of Retail Pharmacy, a current and past winner. His photo of an ocean-side landscape called California Blues was one of two winners in the Nature category. Cathleen Bailey also won with Water Lily.

Bird & Squirrel by Danielle Wright and Donkey by Victoria Blevins represent the Animals category winners. Heather Peterman’s Copenhagen and Through the Looking Glass by Aay Brown topped the Architecture category. Four States image winners are Venetta Banwart with Glistening Winter Day and Anita Bowers with Skies Over Four States. The People category winners are Lesley DeLaunay with Loving Touch and Sour Face from Megan Huff.


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 2019, 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 2019. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 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