Debbie Dale is the SMSH Employee of the Third Quarter.
PURVIS, Miss. -- Debbie
Dale was recently named South Mississippi State Hospital’s third quarter
Employee of the Quarter. Dale began work
at SMSH on June 21, 2004, as the staff development director.
Dale is a
native of Marion County, where she graduated from Columbia Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in
psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s of
Education degree from William Cary University.
completed several courses of study through the Department of Mental Health and
other State programs that include the Basic Supervisory course, Certified
Public Manager program, the Department of Mental Health FOCUS program, and the
Stennis Institute of Government. Dale
also holds a current certification as a licensed DMH administrator. She sat on the board of the Mental Health
Association of the Pine Belt for several years and is currently the vice
president of the Hattiesburg NAMI affiliate.
“It is extremely rewarding
to know that I have a small part in an organization that offers hope to so many
people,” said Dale. “The work done at SMSH is amazing and life-changing.”
In her spare time, Dale enjoys playing with her four grandsons and
attending their sporting events.
Mississippi State Hospital (SMSH) is a 50-bed acute care behavioral health
program in Purvis that offers mental health treatment and services for adults in the southern part of
the state. The hospital’s Friends of SMSH
recognizes an outstanding employee each quarter and provides service pins and
incentive-related supplies and activities for hospital staff as well as needed
services and events for patients. Friends of SMSH is a
volunteer-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting understanding of
mental health and the needs of individuals with mental illness, improving the
quality of life for patients, and providing recognition and support for