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Boston Medical Center’s Chief and Chair of Emergency Medicine Receives Above and Beyond Award

Jonathan Olshaker MD, chief and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at BMC and BUSMBoston – January 25, 2010 -- Jonathan Olshaker, MD, chief and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has received the Above and Beyond Award, presented by the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Department. The award recognizes employers at the state and local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements for granting leave and providing support for military duty by their employees.

Olshaker accepted the award on behalf of the BMC emergency department, including William Fernandez, MD, who was recently deployed, Thea James, MD, David Hirsch, MD, who are members of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and are now in Haiti and all the physicians in the emergency department who have stepped up to cover their shifts.

“Our department is honored to be recognized. However, the true heroes are the men and women risking their lives to protect our country,” said Olshaker. “I’m also grateful to members of the department who have consistently and unanimously covered the shifts of those who have left to assist those in need, working endlessly to ensure the emergency department is properly staffed.”

Civilian employers play a critical role in the defense of the nation by complying with existing employment laws protecting the rights of workers who serve in the Reserve component. ESGR’s goal is to support America’s employers who share their employees with the nation to ensure national security.

Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 639-licensed bed, academic medical center affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine. Committed to providing high-quality health care to all, the hospital offers a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services including primary and family medicine and advanced specialty care with an emphasis on community-based care. Boston Medical Center offers specialized care for complex health problems and is a leading research institution. Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partners in the Boston HealthNet—15 community health centers focused on providing exceptional health care to residents of Boston. For more information, please visit bmc.org.

ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. Today, ESGR operates through a network of thousands of volunteers throughout the nation and Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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