JASPER, Ga. (June 28, 2011) – On Thursday, June 23, Captain Ramón Medina of the United States Army Reserve presented Piedmont Mountainside Hospital and Mountainside Anesthesia Consultants with a flag from his most recent tour in Afghanistan. A nurse anesthetist with both the hospital and the U.S. Army Reserve, Medina made the presentation as a token of his appreciation for the continued support of his civilian colleagues.
This flag was brought on board a medical helicopter to the base where I was stationed in Afghanistan,” said Medina at the presentation with over 50 hospital employees and community members in attendance. “With it came two wounded soldiers who we helped recover. I am presenting this flag as a sign of gratitude for all the support that this hospital has given me and my fellow soldiers during our deployments.”
Medina keeps in touch with the two soldiers who were injured that day. While they recovered from their injuries, Medina added that over the years, some of his dear friends have not. He took a moment to remember eight of his fellow servicemen who gave their lives for their country.
“I love what I do in the Army because I am able to do the same thing I do here,” added Medina. “Thanks to the support of those in this community, I am able to serve my country the best way I know how—by helping patients.”
Rosmarie Spillane, M.D., Mountainside Anesthesia Consultants; Captain Ramón Medina (CRNA, Mountainside Anesthesia Consultants) and Mike Robertson, president and CEO of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
In addition to the flag dedication, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital employee, Frank Leist and retired United States Marine, Wayne Poore, gave details on the Marine Corps’ Operation Support-A-Hero program. The ongoing program allows citizens to send care packages to Marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen serving overseas. For more information on how to become involved, contact Wayne Poore with the United States Marine Corps North Georgia Mountain Detachment at 706-692-2836.
“I’m not sure our thanks can ever be enough for the job that people like Captain Medina do for our community and our country,” said Mike Robertson, president and CEO of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. “We are humbled by this gesture and urge everyone to do what they can to support our friends and neighbors who serve in the United States Armed Forces.”