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Allegheny General Hospital Lauded For Its Support of Employees In National Guard and Reserves

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) has been honored for its outstanding support of active duty employees in the National Guard and military Reserves by the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and the Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), part of the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Seven Seals Award is bestowed annually to employers by the ESGR and was presented to AGH during a ceremony at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh on Sept. 2. The award was accepted on behalf of the hospital by Christopher Post, M.D., Ph.D., president and scientific director of the Allegheny Singer Research Institute, medical director of AGH’s Center for Genomic Sciences and a colonel in United States Army Reserves.

The award represents the seven components that comprise the Guard and Reserve forces of America and is given to employers in recognition of achievement, initiative or support over time that promotes the ESGR mission.

“We are extremely proud to receive this award and be recognized for the commitment we make to our employees, the community and nation by supporting the mission of our National Guard and Reserve forces,” said Duke Rupert, AGH’s chief operating officer.

Reservists at AGH and throughout the West Penn Allegheny Health System have served in locations such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia.

Members of the Army and Air National Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve serve their nation part-time and work for civilian employers full-time. The Department of Defense established ESGR in 1972 to develop and promote a culture in which American employers support and value employees’ volunteer military service.

The nation’s Reserve components comprise approximately 48 percent of the nation’s total military manpower. Civilian employers thus play a critical role in the defense of the nation by establishing and maintaining flexible human resources protocols that enable Reserve forces to spend time away from the workplace when active duty calls.

 

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