Freeman Employee Recognized by Bright Futures

Michelle Taylor-Bay Honored as Volunteer of the Month

Pictured left to right are Bret Ingle, West Central Elementary School Principal; Michelle Taylor-Bay, Freeman Supply Chain Director and Bright Futures Volunteer of the Month; Sarah Coyne, Joplin Bright Futures Director; Duane Dreiling, Executive Director of United Way SWMO/SEKS.

(Joplin, MO) Freeman Health System’s Supply Chain Director Michelle Taylor-Bay is the December Bright Futures Volunteer of the Month for West Central Elementary in Joplin. Taylor-Bay was presented with a certificate from Joplin Schools and Bright Futures leadership on Tuesday, December 8. 

“I help with activities year-round, including Student of the Month t-shirts, all holiday parties, Lunch Pals, annual teacher appreciation breakfast, parent-teacher conferences, and the annual school carnival,” said Taylor-Bay. “I support needs as they arise during the school year. We raised funds for the school sound system, playground equipment, and PE equipment.”

Taylor-Bay has been supporting West Central since 2012 and says she couldn’t have done it without help from her Freeman co-workers who provided a great deal of their own time and resources.

Taylor Bay says it’s a lot of fun and she will continue to support West Central Elementary and its students as long as possible.

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


Lisa Olliges, Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator
Freeman Health System

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