EACH civilian deputy honored at Pentagon

By Jeanine Mezei, Public Affairs Officer
Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 10:10 AM

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Sheri L. Ferguson, deputy to the commander for quality and safety at Evans Army Community Hospital, receives her Distinguished Civilian Service Award Nov. 16 at the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes with Col. Patrick M. Garman, EACH commander. Anthony M. Kurta (left), performing the duties of undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, presents the award with Michael L. Rhodes (right), director of administration in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michel'le Stokes)

An Evans Army Community Hospital deputy was recently recognized Nov. 16 at the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes in Alexandria, Virginia, with the 2017 Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

Sheri L. Ferguson, deputy to the commander for quality and safety, was honored during the 62nd annual Distinguished Civilian Service Awards alongside seven other honorees representing different agencies within the Department of Defense.

“It was extremely rewarding to be recognized for my efforts in quality and safety,” said Ferguson. “The Army Medical Department works very hard to ensure the highest quality care is provided to all of our beneficiaries. I am proud to represent a small piece of that effort.”

Ferguson was accompanied by EACH Commander Col. Patrick M. Garman to receive her award from Anthony M. Kurta, who performed the duties of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

“Each nominee was evaluated on their extraordinary commitment to public service and demonstration of an inspiring degree of personal and professional ethics,” said Kurta. “Their contributions are notable because they have increased efficiencies and significantly improved operations within the department.”

The Distinguished Civilian Service Award is the highest recognition the DoD can award an employee and is reflective of their exceptional devotion to duty accompanied by notable contributions in their careers.

Ferguson was nominated by the command team at EACH and has a long history of quality performance, according to Garman.

Previously a colonel in the Army Nurse Corps with 27 years of service, Ferguson also served as the deputy commander for nursing at EACH before retiring in 2011.

“Her successful Army career has spring boarded her civilian career,” said Garman. “Her talent and experience has elevated our quality and safety processes throughout our health system.”

Her supportive husband, Kerry R. Ferguson, was also in attendance at the event honoring his wife, who he beamed about while discussing her achievements throughout their 28-year marriage.

“I’m proud of everything she’s ever done,” said Kerry. “From being a colonel and now doing this exceptional work-extremely proud. I was with her for 24 of her 27 years while she was in the Army.”

While Ferguson was surprised to find she was selected to receive the award, the Kokomo, Indiana, native was celebrated by her family back home and Kerry.

“My family, especially my husband who is also a DoD employee, was so proud of me,” said Ferguson. “I think he told everyone he knew about it. He has always been supportive of my career decisions.”

Looking ahead, Ferguson said she continues to stay committed to high reliability in healthcare quality and safety.

“My work ethic and devotion to duty will not change,” said Ferguson.

As a valued member of the EACH team, Ferguson continues to set the bar for excellence at Army Medical Activity Command-Fort Carson.

“Sheri represents our unit with professionalism, expertise, and compassion,” said Garman. “Her selection is emblematic of the outstanding civilian employees that work at Evans.”

Tags: Award , Ceremony , Garman , Pentagon

By Jeanine Mezei at 10:10 AM