As healthcare professionals, we come to work each day with a dedication to improve the human condition, and that includes standing up to reject all forms of hatred.
We must take a stand and reject negative comments about any group or individual. We should be telling everyone, “We accept you, we will care for you—you are an extension of our family, and we will surround you with our protection and care and compassion.”
On April 27, I received a phone alert about a multicasualty shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego.
It wasn’t long before I learned the shooting had involved two of our own at Scripps Health—Dr. Howard Kaye of the Scripps Coastal Medical Group and his wife, Lori—and that Lori had been killed.
I felt rage over the hatred of the 19-year-old suspect who attacked strangers in such a violent way at the same time he was being trained to save lives as a nursing student. And I felt profound sadness for the Kaye family, our broader Scripps family and our country, which is experiencing a rise in hate-fueled violence.
But I also felt a sense of pride in the diversity we have in the world of healthcare—religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and more. Diversity in all forms makes us stronger.
This violence must end, and it starts with us.
Chris Van Gorder
President and CEO