Military Reception Honors UW Health Staff
MADISON - Forget any superstitions of Friday the 13th bringing bad luck; for the families of three UW Health employees, Friday, November 13, 2009, was a day of celebration and homecoming.
All three families had been reunited with loved ones less than 24 hours before UW Health staff gathered for a ceremony to honor employees and family members of employees who serve in the United States Military.
|The Finnerty family at the UW Health Military Recognition Reception|
Teri Finnerty, a registered nurse at UW Health's Sun Prairie Clinic, was one of the newly reunited. Her husband, Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Eugene Finnerty, had just returned from Iraq, and for him, the timing of the ceremony couldn't have been any better.
"It means a lot. It's really nice to have the recognition, especially coming off a tour. The timing really was perfect to be here for it," said Eugene. "I think it's recognition for all the people that aren't here too. That's just as important if not more important."
The ceremony was opened by the Civil Air Patrol's 153rd Madison Composite Squadron, which led the gathered crowd in the pledge of allegiance.
After the pledge, Michael Smith, executive director of Wisconsin Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, discussed the importance of employer support for its citizen soldiers.
"We get to recognize employers who go above and beyond the requirements for dealing with their military employees," said Smith. "With employers, there are those who get it and those who don't. Without question UW Health gets it."
Plaques were then handed out to the employees and their families in recognition of their dedication and service.
"We came together today to honor and celebrate the men and women who give up the safety of home, family and normalcy in service of our country," said William Schrum, a vice president of UW Medical Foundation, and himself a Vietnam War veteran. "To our service members, our veterans and their families, we say thank you. All of these people gave something for us."
For those honored, the ceremony gave them something too.
"I'm touched, very touched," said Teri Finnerty. "I've always said that I felt like UW Health has just been like a big family; this just emphasizes it more."
UW Health Employees Honored
Michael Baron, Clinical Labs
Jeffery Ethington, Emergency Services
Gary Johnson, Human Resources
Michael Masse, General Medicine
Family Members of UW Health Employees Honored
Andrew J. Berge, son of Cindy Berge, Special Billing Services
Dan Dlask, son of Sandy Ruef, Regional Development
Eugene Finnerty, husband of Teri Finnerty, Family Practice-Sun Prairie
Steve Gardner, husband of Angela Gardner, Hemodialysis
Verna Henderson, sister of Sandi Skoien, Neuropsychology Lab
Weston Hoeper, brother of Carrie Richard, Human Resources
Huberr Michael Hansen, son of Arla Dollars, West Clinic Registration
Charles W. Jordan, son of Sharon Jordon, Accounts Payable
Nickolas E. Klinefelter, son of Georgia Erickson, Pediatrics
Jason W. Nichols, son of Annette Nichols, Preventive Cardiology
Joshua R. Nichols, son of Annette Nichols, Preventive Cardiology
Justin R. Papenfuhs, son of Laurie Bennett, Transplant
Jarrod Pierce, husband of Angella Pierce, Cardiac Intensive Care
David Pulver, son of Debbie Mathews, Clinical Labs
Renee Purvis, daughter of Suzanne Purvis, Nursing Practice Innovation
Jack Speelman, husband of Julie Speelman, Ortho Rehab
Andrew Spencer, son of Lynn Spencer, Neurology
Anthony Williams, nephew of Laura Delp, Heart Failure Clinic
Craig D. Williamson, son of Jackie Williamson, Research Park Registration
Date Published: 11/17/2009