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TUPELO, Miss.-Dana Hobby, speech pathologist for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Outpatient Rehabilitation, has been named Employee of the Month for August.

Hobby has worked at NMMC since 2003. A graduate of Bayou Academy in Cleveland, she earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Delta State University and received a master’s degree in communicative disorders from the University of Mississippi.

“She makes us all better because of her tireless effort to make each and every one of us more developmentally conscious when caring for our babies,” a NICU charge nurse wrote of Hobby in her nomination. “I have never worked with anyone so energetic and excited about their job like Dana. She makes me want to do more.”

“Dana is extremely pleasant in her interactions with other staff and with families,” another NICU nurse wrote. “She is always upbeat and ready for any challenge. She works diligently to provide the best developmentally appropriate practices that will benefit our infants.”

Hobby is a certified lactation counselor through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. She is a certified Neonatal Touch and Massage Therapist. Hobby also earned the Neonatal Developmental Specialist designation through the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

“What I love most about my job are the wonderful people that I work with each day and the tiny and precious babies that I am fortunate to provide care to. I absolutely love my job,” Hobby said.

She and her husband Cliff have been married for 10 years and have two children-Cullen, 7, and Grayson, 4. The family attends The Church at Trace Crossing in Tupelo.

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