March 18, 2021
This memo was distributed to MountainView colleagues on March 17, 2021. MountainView Hospital feels strongly that fostering change begins with listening and valuing one another and the community.
Dear Valued Colleagues,
The past year has been one of upheaval - and in many ways, a cultural reckoning for our country. While we are beginning to recover and return to some sense of normalcy as our COVID numbers and hospitalizations go down, we must continue to address the racial tensions in our community and nation.
According to a report released this week by STOP AAPI Hate, there were at least 3,975 documented racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) from March of last year to February this year. The group points out that many attacks, verbal and physical, are never reported.
Last night, a gunman in Atlanta killed eight people, including six Asian women. While authorities are saying the attack does not appear to be motivated by race, it is undeniable that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our communities have experienced an increase of racist verbal and physical attacks. The pain and frustration seen and heard cannot be dismissed.
I want our colleagues, patients and community to know that MountainView Hospital should always be a safe place for you to come to work or receive care. As was shared last year during the events of last summer, MountainView strives to be an open and inclusive environment, free of any kind of harassment or discrimination, so we can focus on our shared goal – high quality patient care. Each of our colleagues is a vital member of the care team. If at any point there is an incident that makes you feel threatened, uncomfortable or unwelcome, I want you to bring it our attention right away so it can be addressed immediately.
I am proud that we have such a diverse group of colleagues and that our team reflects our community. We come from all backgrounds and walks of life, and each one of us contributes in a meaningful and valuable way.
As we continue to acknowledge, value and listen to our colleagues, our patients, our neighbors and friends, may we continue to create a culture of healing and change. Healthcare colleagues have long been advocates for anti-discrimination in the healthcare setting and in our community. Through deliberate actions, we can be role models for the community, fostering change, understanding and compassion.