Compassion and diversity are central to health care

August 16, 2017

As a University of Virginia alumna who spent four years of my life in Charlottesville, Virginia, it was absolutely heartbreaking to see the violence that unfolded there over the weekend. There is absolutely no room for hatred in America, and the events that transpired over the weekend have sent shockwaves through our communities.

Discrimination doesn’t just hurt those who are victims of violence. Research suggests that racism and discrimination are a public health issue, with targeted groups facing a higher risk of emotional and physical health problems, including depression, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and even death.

We work in a field of compassion, where our focus lies exclusively on helping our residents. We strive for those in our cities and towns to lead healthy lives so they can have more time for the things that matter most to them. Caregivers help everyone who walks through the door without judgement, and our workforce is large and diverse. We celebrate this inclusivity, and the richness of the diversity among patients and providers alike.

Our health care system and the well-being of our communities depend on acceptance and compassion, and Washington hospitals stand united in their commitment to caring for all.

Cassie Sauer
WSHA President & CEO


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