Reflections on racism and discrimination - a message from our CEO, Rodney Anderson MD

Jun 10, 2020

The recent protests and rallies for racial justice tell an important story, both locally and nationally.

It is deeply painful to witness the brutal treatment of George Floyd, the long list of black Americans who have been killed unnecessarily, and the ongoing systemic racism in America. In its wake, the desire to name the problem and work toward positive change offers hope and inspiration.

At Family Care Network, we exist to provide outstanding care to our patients, and we strive to do this in a way that is just, fair, equitable and respectful. Racism and discrimination violate the basic principle of trust that is the foundation of the relationship between patients and their care teams. It is our individual and collective duty to understand how racial inequality affects our patients, colleagues, friends, families and communities. Only by fully understanding the challenges people of color face can we provide the appropriate support needed to overcome them.

Where do we go from here? We start by humbly acknowledging the depth and magnitude of this problem. Then we need to listen – really listen – to the many voices sharing their personal experiences so we can start down a path of meaningful change. As an organization, Family Care Network should be a place of diversity, equality and inclusion. We must also ensure there are safe pathways for employees and patients to communicate their experiences with discrimination.

This will be a journey that we take together, and I ask that we support one another with care, humility and understanding as we explore the mechanisms of change. We don’t have all the answers right now, but we look forward to learning how we can contribute to lasting improvements in our communities.

We all rise by lifting others.