ER director recognized with ESGR Patriot Award

Aug 23, 2018

Hospital associate submits nomination for support during Army deployments

TUCSON (Aug. 23, 2018) – Support for those serving in National Guard and Reserves takes many forms, and in recognition of that support, Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital Emergency Center Director Nancy Taxeras recently received the Patriot Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Nancy Taxeras and Nick DensmoreRecipients of the Patriot Award are nominated by an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member. Nominees are supervisors who support citizen warriors through flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Taxeras said she was honored that a member of her department submitted the nomination.

“One of my associates wrote the letter. Nick Densmore is a sergeant in the Army. He is in the 7220th MSU [Medical Support Unit] and has been in the reserves for 10 years now,” said Taxeras. “He has had a number of deployments, plus he has drill weekends. Sometimes, they change his drill weekend dates and I have to change the schedule. I have always tried to be accommodating about it because of what he does.”

Taxeras received her framed Patriot Award certificate during a ceremony in the Emergency Center.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.

Taxeras knows firsthand the importance of the military mission and the individuals who serve.

“I used to be a captain in the U.S. Air Force myself and understand the challenges that come with being in the military,” said Taxeras.

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