June 3, 2020
To our valued Associates, Medical Staff, and Volunteers:
We are living in a truly unprecedented time. We are continuing to provide
great care to our communities through the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped
the world and placed a strain on healthcare providers. Now, our nation
is facing the tragedy of George Floyd’s death, shining a light on
the racism present in many of our societal institutions. Our coworkers,
friends, and neighbors are suffering and frustrated.
We must come together to be a beacon for universal compassion, respect,
and opportunity. As a leader in this community, Mary Washington Healthcare
must be steadfast in its commitment to ensure every member of the Mary
Washington Healthcare team and the people we serve have the same rights
and freedoms regardless of what they look like, where they are from, and
the beliefs they hold. We must recognize and provide every person with
a compassionate human experience.
At Mary Washington Healthcare, we do not and will not tolerate acts of
discrimination. If you witness any violations of our values through intentional
or unintentional acts, please share this information with your manager
or report it through the Values Line.
We are guided by our mission and our icare values [integrity, compassion,
accountability, respect, excellence] to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive
environment to give and receive care, even in the most challenging and
stressful times. As an organization, we must demonstrate our strength
and resilience through the respect and kindness we extend to one another
and the patients and families we serve. Now more than ever, we should
turn to each other for understanding and support, just as you have done
so successfully for the past several months. Please take the time to listen
to the perspectives and feelings of your colleagues.
The safety and wellbeing of our team members and their families is a top
priority for MWHC. If you need assistance, please reach out to our Human
Resources team, Cultural Services, Employee Assistance (REACH), and Pastoral
Services for support and guidance.
Thank you for your unwavering commitment. We are stronger together, and
together we will make a difference in our community.
Mike McDermott, MD, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mary Washington Healthcare