Over the last several weeks, the systemic racism and social injustice that
still permeates our country has been brought more acutely into focus.
The years of brutal attacks and senseless harassment of African Americans
has spurred sorrow and outrage from people of all races and cultural backgrounds,
including many of our employees, medical staff and community partners.
It is not CaroMont Health’s typical practice to comment on topics
that are not directly related to our role as a healthcare system; however,
as an organization that employs and cares for people of all races, genders,
orientations and backgrounds, we have an obligation to let you know where we stand.
CaroMont Health condemns the inequitable treatment of people based upon
the color of their skin, their gender, their background or their orientation,
and we stand firmly in solidarity with those who seek to drive out all
forms of racism, discrimination and injustice.
The foundation of healthcare is unconditional, unwavering empathy, and
as healthcare providers and professionals, we possess the unique ability
to recognize that we do not have to experience the pain and suffering
of another to acknowledge its existence and take actions to lessen its
impact. Now and always, we call upon every member of the CaroMont Health
team to put care first; to honor and employ our CARES Values to make every
person we encounter feel seen, understood and supported.
In the coming weeks, leaders at CaroMont Health will create meaningful
opportunities to hear from employees at all levels and understand how
we may better support equity and inclusion, both in our community and
in our organization. Because in circumstances like these, words are not
enough – real change requires real action.