On behalf of the CHG Healthcare family, I want you to know that we condemn racism and bigotry in any form.
Race is a topic in America that makes people extremely uncomfortable. I’m deeply saddened that it took the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery (added to a long list of others in the Black community over the years) for our country to finally acknowledge the brutality, injustice, and systemic discrimination that Black Americans live with every day. The bottom line is Black lives matter and they should matter to all of us.
I am proud to lead a company that is built on the core value of Putting People First and is driven by providing care and compassion in our own communities and around the world. But it is clear that we can — and must — do more to listen to, and support, our Black healthcare professionals, team members, and communities.
And that starts with me.
Over the last few days, I’ve had many honest conversations with Black employees in our company, who courageously reached out to share their feelings, experiences, and perspectives with me. These conversations have not just been eye opening, but truly humbling.
Growing up in Idaho in a predominately white community, I wasn’t exposed to the discrimination Black Americans deal with every day. These conversations and insights have had a powerful impact on my perspective and forced me to leave my comfort zone and take an honest, hard look at how I can do better — and how CHG can do better.
One of the things I’ve learned is that change starts with education and open, honest dialogue. As an organization, we are committed to creating more opportunities for our people to have candid discussions to understand each other and the issues impacting Black communities.
We will also take action. We’ll work to uncover and remove bias from our decisions and evolve our hiring and development programs to increase our focus on both hiring and retaining minorities as well as advancing them into and upward within leadership roles. We’ll continue to support the community causes our people are passionate about through employee network groups and local grants. Most importantly, we will be an ally to the Black community by supporting and amplifying our people’s efforts and voices.
Creating lasting change is not going to be easy. But I am confident that when we collectively come together, we can make a meaningful difference in our communities and our country.