August 23rd, 2005

The National Committee for Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve has recognized Great River Medical Center and three members of the hospital’s management team for supporting physical therapist Craig Murphy during his active duty assignment with the Iowa Army Reserves.

Ray Sloan, area director for the committee, presented the awards Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the hospital’s executive board of directors meeting. Hospital President and CEO Mark Richardson accepted the award on behalf of Great River Medical Center. Lynette Collier, director of Rehabilitation Services, and Jeff Taeger, supervisor at Great River Center for Rehabilitation, also were recognized.

Murphy nominated the hospital and Richardson, Collier and Taeger for their support when he was assigned to Germany for 22 days in spring 2005. In his nomination, Murphy noted that the hospital “provides policies that allow reservists to serve without the slightest degree of inconvenience to the soldier.” Specifically, Murphy acknowledged the hospital for making up the difference between his Army Reserve pay and physical therapist salary, assuring that his patients received uninterrupted care and treatment, and providing support to his family, “to the point of even offering to help care for our livestock during my absence.”

Murphy is a first lieutenant and works as a physical therapist with the 4224th U.S. Army Hospital, Detachment 1, in Cedar Rapids. He has been a member of the Army Reserves since 2001, and has worked as a physical therapist and athletic trainer at the Center for Rehabilitation since 1996.

The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is an agency within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. The committee was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to help resolve conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.