S&W news conference

Dr. Stephen Sibbitt, Shahin Motakef and Ron Rivers speak Thursday just before a news conference at Baylor Scott & White Health.


TEMPLE — Scott & White Hospital was presented with the Above and Beyond Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on Thursday, recognizing the facility’s support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves.

“We thank Scott & White for being an outstanding supporter and advocate for the military,” said Cliff Barkley, Central Texas region director of Texas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

“We know you take care of a lot of military people who are injured and their families.”

Scott & White received the honor for its willingness to provide additional benefits not required by the Uniform Service Employment and Re-employment Rights Act, such as differential or full pay to offset lost wages or extended health benefits. To qualify for the Above and Beyond Award, a supervisor must have won the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Patriot Award.

In February, Raymond Rodriguez, the hospital’s division manager of diagnostic radiology, received the Patriot Award after being nominated by Sefo Fanene, a member of the National Guard and radiology technologist at Scott & White.

“Ray supported me even when I was a student and I was here as an intern,” Fanene said.

Rodriguez was supportive, Fanene said, when he had to attend National Guard training or was deployed. “He made an effort to contact my family while I was deployed to make sure they were OK and find out how I was doing.”

Fanene has been at Scott & White for eight years and has been a loyal employee, Rodriguez said.

This is the second time Rodriguez received the Patriot Award. The first was in 2008.

“We’re appreciative of all the support that Scott & White provides soldiers in the Central Texas area, said Ron Rivers, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve area chairman for the Central Texas region.

More than half of the military force in the United States is made up of individuals serving in the National Guard or Reserves, Rivers said.

Scott & White has a long and valued relationship with the military, said Dr. Stephen Sibbitt, the hospital’s chief medical officer. “Our staff has seen firsthand the immense sacrifices that the men and women of the armed services suffer for our nation.”

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Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er

Kudos to Scott and White...our men and women in uniform deserve all the support our communities can give. They give their best and deserve our best in return.

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