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UMC Receives Major Award for Supporting Guard and Reserve

Glenn Craig, UMC associate hospital administrator, accepts the Pro Patria award from Colonel (Retired) Ike Nomey, U.S. Army.

Lafayette University Medical Center in Lafayette, La., has received the prestigious Pro Patria Award from the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Committee for UMC's exceptional support of our national defense. ESGR is an agency of the Department of Defense.

UMC is the only public sector institution in Louisiana to receive this prestigious award, which is also given to a business with 500 or more employees and a business with fewer than 500 employees.

"While the award is quite an honor for UMC, we have far greater gratitude for our employees' service," said Larry Dorsey, UMC hospital administrator. "Their selfless dedication is not limited to their patients and UMC, but extends to ensuring the well being of our nation as well." UMC leadership practices and personnel policies provide support to UMC employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserve.

Members of the Guard or Reserve nominate their employers for the award. Christi Deshotel, RTR, UMC nuclear medicine technologist, nominated UMC because her supervisor, Jeramie Hebert, RTR, has strongly supported her military service, she said.

Deshotel has had two deployments with the Louisiana Air National Guard to Iraq, the first for five months, the second for two. The second coincided with her UMC employment. She has been in the Air Guard for 11 years, at Alvin Callendar Field, in Belle Chasse, and served in the U.S. Air Force for four.

UMC was also a nominee for the ESGR Freedom Award, which is the Department of Defense's highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard or Reserve.