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BELLINGHAM, Wash. – PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Manager Karla Ramusack was presented the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award at a gathering of other employees at the front of the hospital by John Van Dalen, ombudsman for the Washington ESGR, in recognition of extraordinary support she provides to her employee who serves the Washington Air National Guard.

“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Van Dalen. “Since 1972, supportive supervisors and managers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Ramusack was nominated by Washington Air National Guardsman Maj. Howard Grantham a registered nurse for PeaceHealth. “I nominated Karla because she is very supportive of my military career plus the time and effort they took to make changes for me to complete my obligations with the Air Guard,” said Grantham. “Scheduling can be very complicated with the many short notice and long duration deployments but she found ways to overcome the issues” said Grantham.”

Ramusack, expressed being surprised and humbled by receiving the Patriot Award.  “We will continue to thank Howard and other reservists at PeaceHealth Hospital for their service and continue to work with Howard to reschedule when he is called,” said Ramusack.  “We support Howard and our military who serve our county. We know we have a known asset when we hire veterans or reservists like Howard.”

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. This year, ESGR celebrates 50 years of excellence in support of the Reserve Components and their civilian employers.  For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit http://www.esgr.mil/WA.

Photo caption: PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Manager Karla Ramusack (center) was presented the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award at a gathering of other employees at the front of the hospital by John Van Dalen (far right), ombudsman for the Washington ESGR, in recognition of extraordinary support she provides to her employee who serves the Washington Air National Guard.  Ramusack was nominated by Washington Air National Guardsman Maj. Howard Grantham (far left) a registered nurse for PeaceHealth.

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