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From caregiver to coach: Methodist NICU pharmacist who cared for baby becomes his baseball coach 13 years later

Published: March 4, 2024

In 2011, Ally Slobotski went into pre-term labor with twin boys at 29 weeks. At the time, she and her husband didn't know what the future would hold for the boys.

"We didn't know at first, you know, what his life was going to look like," Ally said.

When the couple visited their baby boys in the NICU at Methodist Women's Hospital, the first person they saw on their care team was college friend, Josh Hite, a NICU clinical pharmacy specialist .

"Seeing somebody you know, kind of eases your fears a lot, and Josh did that," Ally said.

Now, almost 13 years later, Josh has gone from caregiver to coach.

Because Leo loves baseball.

"As soon as we knew we had the potential opportunity to have him on our team, it was a no-brainer," Josh said.

Leo can give his all on the field, thanks to the care during his 10-weeks in the NICU.

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