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Thoughts and prayers for victims of hate and violence: Creating a safe place for all

October 30, 2018 In the News

In the wake of the recent hate crimes in Pittsburgh and Kentucky, providing equitable health care and creating an inclusive and respectful work environment is a common mission that unites us all in the health care industry. Below is an email that our CEO, Jack Lynch, FACHE, shared with Main Line Health employees and Medical Staff earlier this week on the importance of fostering a culture of respect.

Dear Colleagues,

This weekend, we witnessed yet another senseless tragedy that attacked our freedoms and diversity. Our thoughts are with those suffering in Pittsburgh, our law enforcement and medical professionals who acted quickly to eliminate the threat and treat victims, and with the entire Jewish community across our nation.

Additionally, last Wednesday in Kentucky, two African Americans appeared to have been targeted because of their race. Both were shot and killed in a grocery store by a white assailant. The case is being investigated as a hate crime. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those impacted by hate and violence in this country.

Sadly, history has demonstrated that these events can happen anywhere—even our places of worship, schools, and workplaces. Tragedies like these can make us feel fearful and powerless. While we cannot control the external forces beyond our walls, we can take a stand and make a difference through our everyday interactions with patients, colleagues and the community. Together, we have the power and the responsibility to make Main Line Health a place where employees, patients and visitors of all backgrounds feel safe, valued and respected.

Achieving this requires thoughtful participation from every one of us to eradicate insensitive or inappropriate language, gestures or actions. For example, slang words related to race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation—no matter the context—are offensive, unkind, disrespectful and unacceptable in a culture of healing and respect. Just as each of us is expected to speak up for safety, we must hold each other accountable and speak up for respect.

I ask that we all remain focused on fostering a culture that demonstrates to our community and each other that Main Line Health is an organization that does not tolerate discrimination, disrespect or hatred of any kind. By embracing and celebrating our differences, we can continue to provide equitable, life-saving care for all.

Please join me in keeping the victims of hate and violence—and their families—and particularly now our Jewish and African American communities in your thoughts and prayers.

With deep sadness,

Jack Lynch, FACHE
President and CEO

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.