These past few days have been filled with mourning and protests following the heartbreaking deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.
Our community and our nation have been shaken.
As events have unfolded across the country and here at home, ChristianaCare felt a mix of horror, profound grief and a sense of responsibility.
Feeling that sense of responsibility, healthcare professionals and hospital staff at Christiana Hospital and Wilmington Hospital, took a knee for 8 minutes in solidarity and support for equality, justice, and respect on Friday May 5, 2020.
ChristianaCare says, “We stand with the African American community and all who have been affected by racism and discrimination—not just this week, but every day. We stand with the American Public Health Association that has called racism an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention. And we stand against violence.”
“We are committed to equity, inclusion, fairness and justice for everyone we serve. As caregivers, our mission is simple, but profound: We take care of people—and caring for people includes working together to eliminate systemic racism along with the health disparities it causes.”
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen firsthand the disproportionate impact of this disease on people of color and have mobilized testing and treatment services to neighborhoods that need and deserve access to care. Through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, we will continue to work together to create a healthier and more just community.”
“At ChristianaCare, we serve together, guided by our values, love and excellence. The moment is now for all of us to lead with love. We must listen actively and seek to understand the experiences of our neighbors. We must speak with courage and empathy. These actions build a foundation for the respect and dignity we all deserve.”