HANFORD — Dozens gathered outside Adventist Health in the rain Friday afternoon to celebrate the achievements of two local clinicians.

Retired U.S. Army General Jim Combs and Physician Assistant Serenity Holden arrived via a Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota helicopter shortly before 3 p.m. to present a rare military award to Dr. Michael Boulton and Dawn Huong-Schleif.

Working out of Adventist Health Hanford, Boulton is an emergency room physician and Huong-Schleif is a nurse practitioner. Both received The Patriot Award, an honor created by the United States Department of Defense to recognize employers who support military members in their employ.

“You have a reputation of passion and commitment for the well-being of those that you serve,” Gen. Combs said, addressing hospital staff Friday. “I can tell you the military has a lot in common with those values that you demonstrate here in this hospital.”

Holden, a former Adventist Health Hanford employee and current First Lieutenant in the California Army National Guard, wrote the nomination letter to recognize her supervisors. The nomination noted that Boulton and Huong-Schleif made her deployments “painless” and that the supervisors were “very supportive.”

Boulton and Huong-Schleif were presented with certificates from the Department of Defense recognizing their commitments to “liberty and freedom” by supporting “the well-being of our national defense.”

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