COMING TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY
June 16, 2020 | St. Francis News
This past week, the Medical Staff of St. Francis Medical Center hosted “White Coats for Black Lives,” a moment of reverence. The event gave the hospital’s health care team a time to come together as a community to recognize society’s disparities and advocate for acceptance of all people from every background and belief. It featured keynote speaker Donzaleigh Abernathy, civil rights activist and actress, daughter of Ralph David and Juanita Abernathy, and goddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., followed by eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence and reflection. It culminated with moving messages from trauma surgeons Dr. Maxine Anderson and Dr. Gracie-Ann Dinkins, who organized the commemoration, and family medicine physician and community leader Dr. Harding Young.
St. Francis Medical Center’s 75-year history is illuminated by its mission of caring for every person in need of health care services, without regard to race, religion, or socio-economic status. It is grounded in its tradition of promoting the full development of each individual – body, mind, and spirit. We are grateful to have a hospital team that cares so deeply, collaborates genuinely, and embraces the diversity that, together, makes us a dynamic force within our medical center and throughout the community we serve.