“NewYork-Presbyterian has stood up to the coronavirus, and now it will stand up to the virulence of racism,” Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, said in a message to all employees after Floyd’s death.
In a note to 47,000 employees and affiliated physicians, hospital leaders made it clear that their commitment against racism will extend beyond protests against present policing policies, dialogues with political leaders, and standing up when they see acts of racial bias. It will also be at the core of every decision they make. “We need to change, if we expect change,” the hospital leaders wrote.
“Now more than ever, our commitment to productive dialogue and positive action will make a difference in creating a supportive and empowering environment for each other, our patients, and our communities,” said Shaun E. Smith, senior vice president and chief people officer.
“We will do our best to make sure the memory of George Floyd is not lost,” said Dr. Corwin. “We’re on the beginning of a long journey, but it will be a successful journey.”