Hudson Hospital recognized with Patriot Award
Two Hudson Hospital & Clinics employees, Bonnie Tallarita, RN, and Christine Ostendorf, RN, are currently serving in military service. The hospital was recognized Monday with a Patriot Award.
Inpatient manager Robin Melin, RN, learned Thursday that Hudson Hospital & Clinics was nominated for the award. Through the national organization Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve, Christine Ostendorf, medical surgical nurse with Hudson Hospital & Clinics, nominated her manager, Melin, and the business for the award.
The Patriot Award is presented to managers and employers who practice leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve.
All staff and volunteers were invited to a brief award presentation Monday at the hospital's conference center. In honor of Ostendorf and the many other medical personnel who have served or are currently serving, Monday was designated as "Patriot Day."
Ostendorf served as a medic in the Reserves for six years and an additional 14 years in the Minnesota National Guard. She deployed stateside during the first Persian Gulf War in 1991 and also deployed overseas to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2003-2004. She is currently deployed to Iraq.
"Hudson Hospital & Clinics has been extremely supportive of my part-time National Guard career for my time away in 2005 through 2007, as well as my current deployment," Ostendorf said in a statement read at the ceremony. "I am very grateful that the hospital and clinics is accommodating and I am able to pick up where I left off when I return. I am also so thankful for all the support and encouragement I receive from leadership and staff of this wonderful hospital."