Irene Hammonds, a cook in the dietary department at Mercy Hospital Cassville, has been named January Co-Worker of the Month. Hammonds has worked at the hospital for a little over three years. She came to work at Mercy for the opportunity to serve a Catholic organization in her community. She enjoys being able to use her passion for cooking while working in an environment that encourages and challenges her to create new and healthy meals. In her free time, Hammonds enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors. She resides in Cassville with her husband. Pictured above, from left, are: Doug Stroemel, president of Mercy Hospital Cassville; and Hammonds.