The COVID-19 pandemic and the killing of George Floyd have converged, creating twin scars that etch a message in our consciousness – Black Lives Matter – and further reveal the unconscious bias and pervasive racism that continue to infect our country like a deadly virus.
Health disparities within the communities that St. Bernard Hospital serves have been cumulative over the years, fueled by the effects of racism and poverty. We commit to doing everything in our power to eliminate health disparities and destroy the link between poor health and underlying racism.
We will continue to work tirelessly to impact structural change and transform practices and policies that only perpetuate a veneer of equitable health care for South Side communities. We can do much better; we need to do much better.
We pledge to be partners with the community in our efforts to bring real change. The devastating lessons taught by a cruel pandemic and the brutal killings of far too many Black mothers and daughters, fathers and sons must re-invigorate our passion to address health disparities and the racism that perpetuates them. Our doors are open to you. We will treat you with dignity and respect when you enter them, and if you do not feel we have met that standard, please tell us so we can do better.
We hope to continue earning your support and trust as we push for the investment needed to transform the health of Englewood and surrounding communities. That investment will lay the foundation for truly equitable care and be a clear demonstration that Black Lives Matter.