Hot Springs Nominated for Freedom Award

20160623_105808CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs was recognized as a nominee for the Department of Defense Freedom Award.

The award was presented by Richard Green, Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, in recognition of extraordinary support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

Patrick McCruden,Vice President of Mission and Ethics at CHI St. Vincent, accepted the certificate from the Secretary of Defense. CHI St. Vincent was nominated for this top national award by Lieutenant James Hemund, a member of the 296th Medical Company, Army National Guard. He is at co-worker in ICU at CHI St. Vincent.

ESGR’s awards program culminates with the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Each year, Guard and Reserve employees, or a family member acting on their behalf, have the opportunity to nominate their employer for the Employer Support Freedom Award. A national selection board comprised of senior Department of Defense officials, business leaders, and prior awardees select up to 15 employers to receive the Secretary’s prestigious award.

Kimberly Ricker, ICU Director at CHI St. Vincent, was also recognized with a Patriot Award for her outstanding support of Lieutenant Hemund. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors 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.

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. For more information contact Richard Green, Arkansas ESGR at 501.282.2626 or e-mail: