Honoring and Celebrating Our Team Members Who Serve: Veterans CommUNITY Group

Apr 1, 2024 | Team Member Spotlights

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As part of our health system’s commitment to an inclusive and engaged workplace, our voluntary, team member-led CommUNITY groups foster diversity and unity.

The first to be established is our Veterans CommUNITY group, dedicated to providing a supportive environment for team members who have served or are serving in the military.

Christopher Trevino, MD, vice president and physician executive with Our Lady of the Lake Health and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army National Guard, is the group’s executive sponsor.

“Veterans are near and dear to my heart, and it was easy for me to say yes, I’ll participate,” Dr. Trevino says. “We have had some great movement and ideas, and significant effort has been made to identify patients who are veterans and thank them for their service.”

Dr. Trevino highlights the importance of listening to people who have walked similar paths and learning how their insights can contribute to a more informed workplace. The military experience is distinct, requiring a tailored approach to appreciation and understanding.

While weaving a tapestry of gratitude – for team members as well as honoring patients who are veterans or actively serving – the group bridges diverse experiences and embodies our ongoing commitment to create an inclusive, empathetic and appreciative workplace culture.

Dr. Trevino explains that efforts extend beyond token appreciation, however; it’s about recognizing the unique challenges faced by veterans and showing genuine gratitude. The group’s goal is clear — to make every interaction with veterans an opportunity to express profound appreciation for their service.

Belinda Wilber is chair of the Veterans CommUNITY group, and Kassidy Broussard is co-chair. The group meets quarterly in a virtual setting to allow team members from all markets to participate. Wilber is an infections preventionist who is a peace time active duty and Louisiana National Guard veteran. Broussard is a supply chain process specialist and is an active-duty wartime veteran.

Team member groups like the Veterans CommUNITY group play a vital role in creating nuanced understanding and support, and additional groups are being established as volunteers come forward to lead.

Learn more about our ministry’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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