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BVHS is One of Three Ohio Organizations to Receive the "Pro Patria Award" in 2022

Kelly Shroll, chief operating officer - ambulatory services, James Legge, psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio, Christian Steiner, MD, Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio and Greg Laird, RN, post anesthesia care unit/same day surgery, accept the “Pro Patria Award” on behalf of BVHS.

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) recently received the “Pro Patria Award” from the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The ESGR is a United States Department of Defense office that promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers.

“Pro Patria” is a Latin phrase meaning “for one’s country,” and BVHS was one of only three Ohio organizations to be bestowed with this honor in 2022. On the front of the plaque, the award’s significance is described: “Presented on behalf of the men and women of America’s Reserve Forces for outstanding service to the National Defense through continuing support of the National Guard and Reserve.”

BVHS has over a decade of visible, documented military outreach efforts. Through initiatives such as scholarship opportunities, HR policies,“Branches” articles, volunteer groups (like the Military Alignment Program), awards presentations and financial donations, BVHS has proven to be an advocate for our nation’s active military members and veterans.

BVHS has been recognized by the ESGR as an “Influential Organization” in 2019, as well as an “Above and Beyond Award” recipient in 2020. Additionally, 11 past and current associates have received individual honors for helping make BVHS a veteran-friendly place to work. 

Recent “Pro Patria Award” honorees include the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Ohio State Patrol. 

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