Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus Respiratory Care Manager Nicole Jackson was recognized with the Patriot Award, which recognizes supervisors of military staff for support provided to the nominator through flexible schedules and time off prior to deployment and after deployment. Spouses of service members are also eligible to nominate their supportive supervisor.

Jackson was nominated by Bayhealth Respiratory Therapist Jennifer Durham, whose husband serves in the US Air Force as a 512 wing commander.

“My husband was stationed in Washington, D.C., for two years,” Durham said. “Nicole worked with me on my schedule so I could have off when his schedule was open for us to spend time together.”

Durham said she has three children — two attending college and one that will be enrolling in college next year.

“Family is important, and I needed time off to spend with my husband, but I also needed to work to help pay for college,” she said. “Nicole was very flexible and allowed me to pick up shifts during the times my husband was not available.”

Jackson felt honored to receive the award.

“I was shocked and pleased, it felt good to know that she appreciated how I was able to work with her schedule,” Jackson said. “It is important to keep family intact, and to support the military and their family. I was happy to help.”

Although Durham’s husband is still working full-time for the Air Force, he has returned home. She continues to work in respiratory care.