Department Of Defense Recognizes Erlanger's David Baker For Supporting National Guard Employee

Friday, October 20, 2017
Erlanger Vice President of Case Management, Donna Bourdon; Erlanger Director of Care Management, David Baker; Retired Army and ESGR volunteer, Chris Cole; Erlanger Chief Administrative Officer, Gregg Gentry; and Paul Smith, Erlanger Manager of Case Management and Care Transitions.
Erlanger Vice President of Case Management, Donna Bourdon; Erlanger Director of Care Management, David Baker; Retired Army and ESGR volunteer, Chris Cole; Erlanger Chief Administrative Officer, Gregg Gentry; and Paul Smith, Erlanger Manager of Case Management and Care Transitions.

The Tennessee Office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense organization, saluted Erlanger Health System director of care management, David Baker, during a brief ceremony on Thursday, for his support of Bobby Morrow during his employment at Erlanger and the National Guard and Reserve. 

As a member of the National Guard and Reserve and currently employed at Veteran’s Affairs in Murfreesboro, Tn., Bobby Morrow, nominated his former supervisor, David Baker, for the Patriotic Employer Award.

“After returning from active duty this past December, my supervisor at Erlanger, David Morrow, made every effort to support me and my transitioning back to civilian life,” wrote Mr. Morrow.  “Those of us who are National Guard and Reserve have multiple appointments, schedules and training to complete after returning home.  David always approved each and every need that was required for me to complete my transition.” 

Mr. Baker also approved Mr. Morrow and another nurse case manager to attend a Medal of Honor lunch in Chattanooga during work hours. 

“David and Erlanger go above and beyond to accommodate veterans’ needs,” said Mr. Morrow. 

Chattanooga military veteran, Chris Cole, who devotes his time as a volunteer to the ESGR, presented The Patriotic Employer Award to David for his continuing support of employees in the National Guard and Reserve. 

“The unique aspect about most ESGR awards is that they originate from the service members, like Bobby Morrow, who desire to see their supervisor recognized instead of the more common situation where supervisors nominate their employees for an award,” said Mr. Cole.  “In reality, the National Guard and Reserves could not exist without the employers.  We are proud to recognize Erlanger’s management for their support.”

 


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