PenFed Credit Union Digital Team Wins Seven Emmy Awards

Joe Meritt, a veteran and Marine Corps artist, is prepared for the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) procedure at the Stella Center in Chicago, Ill. He was featured in the PenFed video series which recently won seven Emmy Awards.

The digital division of PenFed Credit Union has won seven Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its five-part video series that chronicles the experiences of people who have undergone promising treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The series, titled “The Shot,” features three patients with PTSD before and after receiving Stellate Ganglion Block treatment at the Stella Center in Chicago.

Stellate ganglion block is a medical procedure that injects a local anesthetic into the stellate ganglion, a nerve bundle in the neck, which is connected to the amygdala of the brain which processes the body’s flight or combat system. Dr Eugene Lipov, chief medical officer of the Stella Center, pioneered the GBS procedure in 2006. It works by reducing activity in the amygdala of the brain, relieving it from a state of continuous flight or fight that , if left untreated, can cause various symptoms and lead to serious physical and mental health problems.

According to the Stella Center, the success rate for relieving symptoms of PSTD is over 83%.

“PenFed Digital is honored to be recognized at this year’s Emmy Awards,” said Andrea McCarren, Vice President and Chief Content Officer of PenFed. “We are passionate about using video to capture these amazing stories and to raise awareness about the life-changing treatment and its high success rate among veterans and first responders with PTSD. “

The five-part video series is available on PenFed’s social media sites.

“PenFed is proud to tell the stories of the amazing members of our community and to inspire and help others through the sharing of our digital content,” said Shashi Vohra, Executive Vice President and President of PenFed Affiliates. . “The digital team has had to be creative and innovative to produce engaging content amid the challenges of the pandemic over the past year, and it is incredibly rewarding to see their hard work and this meaningful story recognized.”

Led by McCarren, members of the PenFed digital team who produced the award-winning video series included Multimedia Producer Brian Burdett, Project Coordinator and Social Media Specialist Tamara Moller, Content Producer Shauna McNally Scarnato, Content Producer Julianna Myers, Director of Creative Content Chris Mullen and Director of Content Strategy John Mogor.

According to PenFed’s $ 27.2 billion in McLean, Va., Its digital team has won over 40 Emmy Awards for their work in producing broadcast and digital content.