“Patriotism in America” was the theme of the Aventura Marketing Council’s, World-Class Chamber of Commerce, November breakfast meeting featuring Major General Michael Calhoun, the Adjutant General for the Florida ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve). Memorial Healthcare System hosted the salute to military heroes at Turnberry Isle Miami.
AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss Serota Helfman joined by Memorial Regional South Administrator Doug Zaren, a retired Naval officer and AMC Board member, welcomed service members, veterans and their family members as well as hundreds of AMC business and community leaders.
During the meeting, everyone was inspired to support the mission of ESGR – “Working tirelessly to make sure returning heroes have the ability to earn a living – giving them their livelihoods and lives back after they’ve defended ours.” Employers can register on the website floridaesgr.com and pledge to give preferential hiring to returning National Guard and Reserve veterans.
The community was also invited to join in the Feb. 28, 2016 Tour de Broward benefitting Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Miramar Regional Park. Events offered for adults, kids, physically challenged athletes and wounded warriors will include 100k & 50k rides, a 5k timed run and 3k walk. To register, visit TourdeBroward.com
Highlighting how the six-hospital Memorial Healthcare System is winning the battle to save lives, Zaren said, “Memorial Regional is now ‘quaternary’ – meaning we’re where other hospitals send their patients for very complex care. We’ve performed 20 pediatric heart transplants; we’re now doing adult heart transplants; and we have our Certificate of Need prepared for kidney transplants. Memorial West is emerging as our oncology hospital, facilitating donor-matched allogeneic bone marrow transplants.
“The Memorial Regional South Rehab Institute has opened a 16-bed brain injury unit; and we’re preparing to open up 15 beds for rehabbing oncology patients. We have become so sophisticated that we’re going to be teaching and training rehab doctors. We’ve also embarked on an academic training program for graduate medical education and will have 166 residents.”
Following the Presentation of Colors by Krop Sr. High’s JROTC under the direction of Capt. Jacklyn Gallaher; and the Pledge of Allegiance led by North Miami Beach Sr. High’s JROTC under the direction of Sgt. Peter Serrano, AMC members saluted the illustrious military career of Gen. Calhoun. He previously served as the Assistant Adjutant General-Army and Director of the Joint Staff for the Florida National Guard.
“When you get the call that you’re going to deploy, you usually think, ‘I have to tell my boss’ and wonder if you’ll have a job when you get back. Fortunately for me, my employers were understanding and patriotic – offering me flexibility with leave so that I could attain military training with their support. My experience as a military leader also contributed to the betterment of my civilian job.
“There are numerous incentives to hiring motivated, disciplined military members with skill sets who understand ‘hard work and sacrifice.’ Military health benefits can also possibly reduce costs to employers. The future of our success is maintaining the communication and trust we’ve developed working to support our service members and your communities.”
Peter Caspari, ESGR Florida Director of Employer Outreach, added, “Guards and Reservists are smart and very punctual. If you have an open position, please let us know. We need your help.”