SWEDISHAMERICAN BLOOD BANK SUPERVISOR RECIEVES PATRIOT AWARD FROM THE EMPLOYER SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE

SwedishAmerican Blood Bank Supervisor Judy Coe was presented last week with the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

ESGR officials visited SwedishAmerican to recognize her following the nomination by one of her employees, CandaceWhite. White is a Captain in the US Reserves who works as a lab supervisor at SwedishAmerican under Coe.

“Judy Coe has embraced me as an employee and service member since she became my supervisor in 2017,” Candace said. “In the past, with different employers or supervisors, the relationship between by military service and civilian job was toxic, leaving me stressed and torn between the two. But Judy has never made me feel like a burden or inconvenience to the department. She has always displayed the utmost respect for those who have and do serve in the military.”

The Patriot Award honors individual supervisors for supporting service members/family in their department. The 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.

“I am so honored to have received such a humbling award,” Coe said.

About SwedishAmerican
A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.