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UHS supervisor Tom Polhamus receives Patriot Award

Tom Polhamus, supervisor of Support Services at UHS Hospitals, is the recipient of a Patriot Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Mr. Polhamus was nominated by one of his employees, Amber George, a patient transport aide. Ms. George said Mr. Polhamus has been immensely supportive of her and her husband, Douglas George, who is on active duty with the U.S. Army in Kuwait.

U.S. Air Force Major Gen. Tony German, commander of the New York State Air National Guard, presented the award to Mr. Polhamus at UHS Wilson Medical Center. The award reflects the efforts employers and executives make to support citizen warriors and their families. UHS as an organization also was recognized for its longtime support of employees who serve their country in the Guard and Reserve or on active duty in the military.

Two UHS employees, Lt. Col. Jim Glass and Capt. Mike Reistetter, are currently on active duty with the Army’s 691st Forward Surgical Team in Afghanistan. Last fall, UHS President Matt Salanger and Navy veteran Jane Locke, RN, raised the American flag on the campus of UHS Vestal. “The flagpole is dedicated in honor of all UHS employees who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States,” Mr. Salanger said.