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Patriot Award Honors Nurse Manager's Support

Supportive and flexible - two words often used to describe Amanda Meats, RN, nurse manager in Mother/Baby and Full-Term Nursery.

The traits are also why Nicole Halling, RN, nominated Meats for the Patriot Award, which recognizes employers who voluntarily assist Guard and Reserve service members and their spouses who face the challenges of military service.

The award is from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense.

Amanda Meats, RN, received the Patriot Award from ESGRMeats was honored in 2015 during a ceremony on the Mother/Baby unit. In attendance were Halling's family members, including her four young boys, as well as the health system's top executives, many of her co-workers and the chief master sergeant of Halling's husband's base.

As a 13-year employee of the health system, Meats supervises 80 staff in two departments. She takes a personal interest in her employees, which truly makes a difference to them.

"I was thrilled to find out about the Patriot Award," said Halling, who is an infant feeding educator. "It was the perfect way to show Amanda my gratitude."

Halling's husband is a member of the Air National Guard and is generally deployed about every 18 months for a few months at a time. He also works as a technical sergeant for the Department of Defense.

"Through all the hardships of my husband's deployments, Amanda has been supportive, understanding and flexible with my schedule," she added. "She goes out of her way to ask how things are going and find out if she can help me."

"I never feel my job is in jeopardy if something goes awry at home," said Halling. "I am thankful to have a manager who recognizes employees' families are a top priority. When your manager shows genuine concern, you feel valued."

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