On the third Monday in January, our country honors Martin Luther King Jr., and we ask our employees to celebrate Dr. King’s vision and how we as a healthcare system can honor his vision.
Today, our ONYX (African American) Employee Resource Group marched in the MLK Parade in Downtown Wilmington. We are also sponsoring a children's art and writing contest based on Dr. King's legacy. And on February 27, we will screen "Wilmington on Fire," a documentary about the 1898 riots that dramatically changed the future of the city.
"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," said John Gizdic, NHRMC CEO. "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, through Mission Corps and our Health Equity team, has launched initiatives that encourage 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 mission of Leading Our Community to Outstanding Health.
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.
Pictured at the MLK Day Parade: Nicole Hudson, Lee Mosley, Earla Age, Joe Conway, Stephania Bloodworth, and Elizabeth Barfield