Oct 06, 2021 9:00 AM

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Author: Carley Lehauli

Group photo of Douglass and other members of his team and HCI leadership

Douglass Clapp, RN, nurse manager at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and University of Utah (U of U) Health, was presented this week with a Patriotic Employer award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The program, part of the Department of Defense, is designed to strengthen relationships between civilian employers and its members. This award is given to supervisors who “support citizen warriors through a wide range of measures, including flexible schedules, time off prior to and during deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.”

Clapp was nominated by a nurse he supervises at HCI, Captain Christy Jonkman, RN. In addition to her service at HCI, Jonkman is a member of the Utah Air National Guard. Jonkman was called to active duty by the Utah National Guard and served the state of Utah for the past 18 months during the pandemic. “The first or second week into the pandemic, I was called and told that [the Utah Air National Guard] needed people now,” Jonkman says. “I was scheduled to work at HCI the next day. I called Douglass to tell him, and he covered my shift himself. Each time my service was extended, he told me not to worry. He would call me, check on me, and was amazingly supportive.”

Captain Christy Jonkman, RN (left) and Douglass Clapp, RN (right) pose with the award
Captain Christy Jonkman, RN (left) and Douglass Clapp, RN (right) pose with the award

“I am honored to receive this award, because what Christy and her unit have done to help the state of Utah over the past 18 months has been profound,” says Clapp. “If they weren’t willing to take the time out of their lives, be away from families, and support health in the myriad of ways they did—from testing, to vaccinating, to educating nursing facilities—I know we wouldn’t be as successful as we are now [against COVID] as a state. I’m grateful for them.”

In addition to Clapp’s recognition as a supervisor, HCI and U of U Health received a certificate thanking the organization for their support of members of the National Guard and Reserves.

Colonel Andrea Van Leeuwen, Chief of Staff of the Utah Air National Guard, said, “Without employers like Huntsman Cancer Institute, people don’t stay in the Guard, so thank you for your support in making it possible for our reserves to have jobs to come back to.”

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About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West. The campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital and two buildings dedicated to cancer research. Huntsman Cancer Institute provides patient care, cancer screening, and education at community clinics and affiliate hospitals throughout the Mountain West. It is consistently recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The region’s first proton therapy center opened in 2021 and a major hospital expansion is underway. Huntsman Cancer Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for staff, students, patients, and communities. Advancing cancer research discoveries and treatments to meet the needs of patients who live far away from a major medical center is a unique focus. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at Huntsman Cancer Institute than at any other cancer center, including genes responsible for breast, ovarian, colon, head and neck cancers, and melanoma. Huntsman Cancer Institute was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

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