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.
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