Dana Lofton: It’s All About the Team
(Pictured working from home.)
From employee emails to database management to network security, the team at Information Services (IS) certainly has their work cut out for them. Dana Lofton, the Systems Security Administrator at Hattiesburg Clinic, admits the challenges he and his team face regularly is his favorite part of the job.
“I enjoy the challenges we come up against on a regular basis. It really is a lot of problem-solving, and it’s always interesting to see what we’re able to do in the time frame we’re given,” Lofton said. “I work with a great team to make sure there are no problems technologically. Our goal is for you to be able to do your job as if you don’t even need us.”
Case and point: The Cough and Fever Clinic was set up at a record pace, thanks in part to the IS team. Their work behind the scenes allowed for all the information services and appointment calendars to run smoothly. Something most of us take for granted.
“We had a lot of people working on that. We have a great team and we’re able to do a lot of things we might not have thought we can do,” Lofton said. “Given the proper circumstances, we do our very best to come around and figure things out quickly.”
Lofton has worked at Hattiesburg Clinic for nine years and is known for his “get it done” attitude. He encourages his coworkers to focus on getting things done the right way every time, and he’s a stickler for adhering to policy.
He brags on his team’s ability to get the work done and to work together, which ultimately helps him and the rest of us be the best we can be at our job.
“My ability to do my job is dependent on my coworkers, especially within IS. I can’t do what I do at the level that I want to perform without the guys around me,” Lofton said. “We all have to work together because, without them, my part doesn’t work. It’s fun to be part of a team that’s so committed to functioning at such a high level.”
Lofton is all about teamwork, both at work and in his personal life. He’s a huge baseball fan and loves the Atlanta Braves. He has been married to his wife, Julie, for 19 years, and together they have two kids, Maddux and Grace.
Q & A with Dana Lofton:
- What’s on your bucket list?
My wife and I have talked about traveling the country and going and watching baseball in all the major league cities. I’d love to go to all the major league stadiums, and even the minor league and college facilities as well.
- If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I’d like to learn how to BBQ at a really high level. Cooking is something I do and enjoy. I would love to learn how to smoke meats. It’s something I’ve never been able to get right.
- Three words to describe yourself.
Quiet, thoughtful, and loyal.