PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced that Nazareth Hospital recently received a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.
Nazareth Hospital’s Loretta Reilly was nominated for the Patriot Award by Spc. Sean Henderson of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 56th Stryker Brigade. His unit recently returned from five weeks training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. In nominating Reilly, Henderson stated: “Loretta has always supported his military service that included mobilizations related to COVID relief and civil disobedience events in the city.”
Wes Craig, Pennsylvania Southeast Area ESGR Chair and Pennsylvania State Chair Emeritus, presented the Patriot Award to Reilly. Henderson told Craig: “Reilly has “rallied” her entire hospital team around his military service and that everyone is highly supportive of the Guard and Reserve forces.;” in response, Reilly added: “Henderson is an outstanding worker, and his military training is a definite asset at the hospital.” Attendees at the Patriot Award presentation included Henderson’s hospital colleagues; that are included in the accompanying photo: Anthony Miller, Carylon Twain, and Bob Black.
In presenting the award, Craig commented: “It’s critical and an honor to recognize and pay tribute to those employers that hire and support our Guard and Reserve forces. It would be difficult for those in the uniformed services to perform their mission without employer support.” Craig added: “Today’s members of the Guard and Reserves are highly trained and skilled; they bring integrity, a global perspective and, proven leadership to the civilian workforce.”
In addition to presenting a Patriot Award, Craig obtained a Statement of Support from the Nazareth Hospital. The Statement of Support confirms that Nazareth Hospital joins other employers in pledging:
“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” said Craig. “I am asking all Southeastern Area Pennsylvania employers to take a look at their current human resources policies to incorporate policies supportive of Guard and Reserve employees.” Many Pennsylvania employers provide support above and beyond their legal requirements by law by offering pay-differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military, when their employees mobilize.”
Nazareth Hospital joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal, agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces. Craig added: “By signing the Statement of Support, the Nazareth Hospital is sending a clear message to its employees that while they are serving their country, they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”
ESGR, a Department of Defense office, 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. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.