Frye CEO Receives Patriot Award Certificate of Recognition 
Friday, 14 January 2011 
Left to right: James Rorie, Program Support Manager and Awards Chairman-NC Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; Michael Blackburn, Frye CEO; Rich Ellis, Frye COO 

On January 5, 2011, a representative from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) presented Frye CEO Michael Blackburn with the Patriot Award Certificate of Appreciation.

ESGR awards this certificate and a Patriot lapel pin on behalf of the Department of Defense. This awards program is designed to recognize employers for
employment policies and practices that are supportive of their employees' participation in the National Guard and Reserve. All members of the National Guard and Reserve forces are eligible to nominate their employers for the Patriot Award certificate.

Blackburn was nominated by Frye’s Chief Operating Officer Rich Ellis, a Commander in the US Coast Guard Reserve who had been involuntarily recalled to duty to assist with the Operation Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill Response in May of 2010.

“My recall to active duty went well due in large part to the clear and strong support that my family and I received from Michael Blackburn, Frye Regional Medical Center, and Tenet Healthcare,” said Ellis. “Mr. Blackburn immediately offered his full support to me and my family for the recall and he and his wife, Deanne, checked on me and my family frequently during the recall period.  Mr. Blackburn went so far as to take my kids fishing while I was gone.  The kids had a great time and I appreciate that act of kindness very much.”

Frye Regional Medical Center is now eligible to be considered for the next level of recognition, the Above and Beyond Award, when the awards board convenes in October 2011. Given in limited numbers by state and territory ESGR Committees and presented at the ESGR’s annual employer recognition banquet, this award recognizes employers at the state and local level who have gone above the legal requirements for granting leave and providing support for military by their employees.

“I am honored to be recognized, but I think it is more important that we support those who serve our country, especially when they are our employees. Without their sacrifices, we wouldn’t have the liberties we do have in this great nation,” said Michael Blackburn.