FGH employee recognized with ESGR Patriot Award


 Juanita Carley, RT, was presented with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award Friday.

The Patriot Award recognizes people nominated by a Guardsman or Reservist employee for support provided directly to the nominating service member and his or her family. 

“I am extremely honored to have been nominated and ultimately chosen for the Patriot Award,” Carley said. “I admire and respect each member of our armed forces. My father and grandfather both served in the Army, and my oldest son is currently serving in the United States Coast Guard in Washington state. 

“As a supervisor, I believe it is very important for us, as employers, to stand behind and support these men and women who so unselfishly sacrifice their time and ultimately their lives to serve and protect each one of us. It was always with honor that I was able to work with and support different employees as they juggled both their civilian and military careers. 

“I especially admire and respect Paula Lucas for her commitment to the Air National Guard and to Forrest General Radiology – all while attending graduate school at UMMC. To me, she, along with all our service men and women, deserves all the honor — God bless our soldiers.”

This award reflects support made through a wide range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed. Carley was nominated by Paula Lucas, RT, who works in FGH’s Radiology Department, and is a technical sergeant in the Air Force Reserves.