Mercy Clinic Fort Smith Honored by Department of Defense

June 26, 2012

Mercy Clinic Executive Director Kim Cash and President Cole Goodman, MD

receive the Seven Seals Award from ESGR Chair Don Morrow on left

and Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe on right.

Physicians are a necessity on the battlefield and Mercy Clinic’s support of doctors who serve overseas has earned it the “Seven Seals Award” in recognition of meritorious leadership and initiative in support of those who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve.

“The ‘Seven Seals Award’ was created to publicly recognize American employers who provide extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Don C. Morrow, Arkansas’ Employer Support of Guard and Reserve chairman. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.”

Mercy Clinic was recognized following the deployment of Lt. Colonel Matt DuPree. Dr. DuPree is an emergency room physician who served a four month deployment in Afghanistan from November 2011 to March 2012. He was stationed at a forward combat surgical post in the northeast corner of Afghanistan, eight miles from the border of Pakistan.  As a member of the trauma team, Dr. DuPree cared for American soldiers injured in combat on the front lines as well as local Afghani citizens.

In August 2012, Major Sean Baker – a family practice physician with Mercy Clinic – will deploy to Kosovo for four months. He will serve as flight surgeon for a helicopter unit from California. Dr. Baker also served in Iraq three years ago.

“It is our honor to support our physicians and staff who put their lives at risk to support our troops overseas,” said Dr. Cole Goodman, Mercy Clinic president. “We are committed to making sure we do everything we can to take care of things on the homefront for them until they can return safely to our community.”

Mercy Clinic joins with thousands of American employers who comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA) and goes “above and beyond” with pay differential to offset the loss of wages and extension of health care benefits to complement coverage provided by the military when employees are mobilized.

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