Message from John: Pause to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

January 14, 2018

On the third Monday in January, our country honors Martin Luther King Jr., and we ask our employees to pause today and reflect on Dr. King’s vision.

As you treat patients, interact with coworkers, and represent New Hanover Regional Medical Center in the community, do so in the spirit of inclusiveness and respect that Dr. King envisioned. Today and every day, NHRMC should project a welcoming atmosphere where any person of any race or background should feel no reservations about choosing NHRMC. Likewise, every employee, physician, contractor or prospective employee should feel confident they will be treated with respect at NHRMC.

Dr. King once said that life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
NHRMC has launched an initiative that encourages our employees to be active in our communities. Every time we donate food, read to schoolchildren, volunteer at a 5K, or donate to a charitable organization, especially our own NHRMC Foundation, we are improving the health of our community. Additionally, we are building relationships and establishing trust with some community members who could most benefit from our services. 

These selfless acts correlate directly to NHRMC’s new mission: Leading Our Community to Outstanding Health. We are living that mission by diligently working to provide health equity to our community. Our goal is to ensure that all have the resources necessary to achieve the best possible health. It’s a challenging concept, but something we must continue to work toward.

Dr. King was a visionary and a masterful leader who dedicated his life in the pursuit of freedom and fairness.

Today, NHRMC honors Dr. King. May we continue to push ourselves forward and draw inspiration from his wisdom, his love, and his dedication to all of humanity.  



John H. Gizdic