HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Sentara Healthcare received a major award for hiring women veterans in large numbers.
According to the health care system, Sentara hired a total of 410 veterans in 2018 — 235 of whom were women.
In 2019, it has hired 170 total veterans, 105 of whom are women.
Due to those high numbers, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and its Veterans Education, Transition, and Employment Directorate (VETE), recognized Sentara for demonstrating its commitment to hiring of women veterans and increasing their numbers in its workforce.
The award was presented at the 2019 Virginia Women Veterans Summit on Friday.
Mary Morin, Sentara’s Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness & Employee Health Services, is also a veteran.
“This is a real recognition of Sentara’s commitment to not just hiring veterans, but hiring women veterans. I myself am a retired Navy nurse,” said Morin. “Get out there, apply for jobs, look for organizations that are veteran supportive, veteran-friendly.”
Annie Walker works for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and says it’s important to hire women veterans.
“The one concern about women veterans is that we fail to self-identify, this gives women veterans an opportunity to come and provide a community support system for them and for them to feel comfortable in saying, I am a veteran and I am proud to have served.”