A statement from Hosparus Health on racial injustice
Hosparus Health is outraged by the recent acts of racial violence against the Black community. We are heartbroken over the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. We condemn all forms of racism and violence in our country. We stand with people of color in the communities we serve, including our patients, families, staff, volunteers and supporters, who continue to suffer under the weight of social injustice.
When anyone from the Hosparus Health family is in pain, experiences loss or feels unheard, our entire team is profoundly affected. Belonging, equity, inclusion and diversity — this is who we are and who we want to be. More than 40 years ago, Hosparus Health was built on the values of respect and compassion for all people, and they stand as our foundation today.
These values will guide us through the fight against intolerance, as we continue to learn more about how to address racism and inequalities in the communities we serve, our health systems and our world.
As we move forward, we pledge to:
- Reinforce our zero-tolerance policy for racism, discrimination and violence in any form across our organization, from hiring to operations to delivery of care.
- Further develop our “Culturally Competent” series of programming for employees, patients and volunteers that foster respect for cultural or lifestyle differences and celebrate diverse perspectives.
- Be a resource for counseling and support for patients, families, employees, volunteers and the community to help them process fear, anger, grief and other complex emotions surrounding the episodes of racial trauma.
- Increase access to hospice and palliative care for people of color.
Hosparus Health commits to continuing to foster a diverse and inclusive workforce. We also commit to being an active and vocal participant in the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation’s newly formed Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Initiative, which seeks to foster a reaffirmation of commitment to working together nationally toward a more just system of care. Our President and CEO, Phil Marshall, is the 2019-2020 Chairman of NPHI, and is helping to lead this important national initiative.
Our hearts go out to all who are experiencing pain and loss as a result of recent acts of racism and social injustice. As we seek a path forward through these difficult issues, Hosparus Health commits to doing all we can to help our community learn, grow and heal.