Nicely said, Mr. Swedish.
I find it interesting that we as a country have lost sight of our roots. That we as a nation have forgotten the numerous times in the last two centuries the barriers that were created to keep out the perceived undesirables or the immigrants desiring to live in this country of the land of the free for a better life, the American dream.
We as healthcare leaders must ensure that we are responsive and adapt to our changing environments. Negative social discourse has no place in our hospitals and is in itself intolerable. We are in the caring-for-people business, and that means all people. Commitment to engaging the uniqueness of diversity along with growing a sense of a national community is extremely important. Cultures should not be hidden or lost, but shared.
Our actions and our decisions must recognize and respect the diversity of life and the dignity of all persons along with the needs of the one.
Michael Anaya Sr., FACHEChief executive officerColorado Plains Medical CenterFort Morgan, Colo.
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