ER Nurse Gets Hero’s Welcome After Military Stint

U.S. Army Captain Sherry Hedge, an ER nurse at Rush, returns after nearly two years overseas.

Doctors, nurses and staff from the emergency department at Rush University Medical Center are throwing a surprise hero’s welcome for U.S. Army Captain Sherry Hedge, an emergency room nurse who was deployed to Afghanistan in April 2010 and will be returning back to work after nearly two years away. The welcome is scheduled for March 16 at 1 p.m. on the first floor of Rush’s Atrium Building at 1650 W. Harrison St.

“We are excited that Sherry is coming back to Rush and thought this would be a wonderful way to thank her for her service to her country,” said Donna Wren, RN, who planned the surprise. “We also want to thank all of our doctors, nurses and staff who have served.”

The Warriors Watch Riders, a volunteer troop support group, will lead city of Chicago fire and police vehicles to Rush to help welcome Hedge back to work. Hedge, a registered nurse in the emergency department at Rush for more than 10 years, joined the U.S. Army shortly after Sept. 11.

She was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 where she worked on the mobile surgical unit and cared for the infantry unit on the front line. Hedge was injured during her last deployment and required surgery.

For media interested in coverage, call (312) 942-5579 or page the media relations specialist on call at (312) 942-6000 (PIN 1100) for more details.

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