Dear Colleagues,

Every Friday, since the pandemic began in earnest, I’ve taken a moment to offer my thanks and share my thinking about the challenges we faced.

Today’s note was all set to go, complete with my thoughts about how we would begin to bring volume back to our campus – consistent with the Governor’s guidelines.

But it was impossible for me to write to each of you with an update about our campus without acknowledging the pain, distress, anger, and despair many of us feel as we look at images from Minneapolis, Georgia, or Louisville. While many recent events, including COVID, have shined a bright light on the structural racism and inequities in our communities and the world, the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and even the phone call from the woman in Central Park in NYC reporting an African American man to the police because he asked her to keep her dog on a leash, are particularly painful evidence of the racism that so many of our colleagues and patients confront every day.

Boston Medical Center is a place of healing and, I hope, a beacon of comfort to the patients, families, and communities we serve. We cannot live our mission of Exceptional care. Without Exception without committing to understanding, engaging, and working to stop both the highly publicized tragedies and the day-to-day injustices that confront the people we work with and the patients we take care of.

Our values celebrate the many faces who create our greatness. Today, I thought it was most important to reflect on and honor the pain felt by so many in our community. As we have proven so many times, and especially over the past few months, our values will sustain us.

Please keep our values in your heart as we care for patients and each other.

Kate Walsh
President & CEO