U.S. Army Reservist Thanks Sutter Colleagues for their Support
SACRAMENTO, Calif.–Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center (SASC) Director of Nursing Ernesto Brizuela, R.N., BSN, PHN returned in December from a nine-month assignment as a medical surgical nurse with the U.S. Army Reserves in Honduras. While gone, he missed major milestones with his wife and four children: birthdays, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving.
One thing that made being deployed far from home a little easier was knowing that his SASC colleagues were fully behind him. The SASC team worked together to cover his duties while he was away, and Administrator Andrew Kim called him every two weeks to check in on him.
“Those phone calls really helped keep me connected to home, to my family at Sutter Alhambra,” Brizuela said.
The SASC team also contributed to a special care package full of his favorite treats from home—including beef jerky, cookies and coffee creamers.
“Opening that care package felt like Christmas,” Brizuela said. “I saw that everyone had contributed something from their heart. It was really meaningful.”
To thank Kim and his co-workers, Brizuela nominated them for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves’ (ESGR) Above & Beyond Award, which recognizes employers that provide their National Guard and Reservist service member employees additional, non-mandated benefits.
“Ernesto is an integral member of our team, and we’re all very proud to support him,” Kim says. “His commitment to his country, his family, and our Sutter Alhambra team is incredibly admirable.”
ESGR presented the award to the SASC team on Jan. 17.