Compassion is Our Way
The past few months have been very difficult, challenging and stressful
for us all. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in ways we could
not previously have imagined. As your community hospital, we prepared
for the initial influx of patients; we complied with state orders to shelter
in place at home; we practiced social distancing; and we stopped doing
many of our normal activities so that we could help prevent the spread
of the virus. Now, as the country begins to reopen, we find ourselves
in the midst of nationwide protests and violence that highlight the racial
divide and inequalities within our country, including here in our own
communities. This issue has not occurred overnight but has been with us
for some time. It has risen to the surface again, and we all have a responsibility
to work to be part of the solution.
At Southwest General, we acknowledge the current anger and frustration
in our country, and we denounce violence, racism and discrimination in
all forms. As we move forward, we remain committed to supporting one another
and those we serve with respect, empathy and understanding. We will continue
to focus on making a difference through what we do best—providing
hope and healing to all who seek care, regardless of race, faith, ethnicity,
gender or socio-economic status.
As a health care provider, we have a shared responsibility to work with
others to improve the health and well-being of our community members.
To do this, we recognize that we must come together to have the difficult
conversations that will help us better understand one another and find
common ground from which we can work together and make our communities
This year, Southwest General celebrates 100 years of providing health care
to our communities. We have a long and storied history of working to make
a difference for those we serve. We have done this by living our mission:
Health is our Passion; Quality is our Focus; Compassion is our Way. Our organization was built by people from different backgrounds working
together. By recognizing and embracing our differences, we have built
an organization that has endured. We must commit ourselves to continuing
to work together, with the understanding that we will succeed because
of our differences, not despite them.
At Southwest General, we believe strongly that every person deserves the
chance to be equally heard and supported to live a long and fruitful life.
Let us continue to embrace one another with respect and empathy.
William A. Young, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer