I try my best to be respectful of the amount of email you’re receiving daily—not to overwhelm your inboxes with notes from me. But since reaching out over the weekend stressing the importance of health equity on the heels of COVID-19, I would be remiss not to write again to acknowledge the anger and despair many of us feel in response to the current events happening across our nation.
While many events have shined a bright light on structural racism and inequities in society, the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and even the phone call from a woman in New York City’s Central Park reporting an African American man to the police because he asked her to leash her pet, are particularly painful evidence of the racism so many of our patients, staff, neighbors and loved ones confront every day.
Boston Medical Center is a place of healing, and, I hope, a beacon of comfort to everyone we serve. We cannot live our mission of exceptional care, without exception, without committing to understanding, engaging and working to stop the tragedies and day-to-day injustices challenging the people we work with and the patients we take care of.
One of our core values is to celebrate the many faces who create our greatness. And as we have proven so many times, and especially over these difficult past few months, our values will sustain us. Health equity starts with racial equity, and we will always work tirelessly to achieve both.
As always, thank you for your partnership and strong support of our work.
President and CEO