A Message From Our CEO
A Message From Our CEO
As an organization, we continue to be in the trenches battling this unprecedented pandemic. For almost 12 weeks, we have worked tirelessly to protect those we serve and each other as we grapple with a very real public health crisis. I want to personally and on behalf of our entire organization, thank each of you, our Greystone Heroes, for your courage, commitment, and serving hearts. You each are indeed Greystone.
The pandemic coupled with the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have pushed the issues of racial disparity into the open. Our country is now facing a different tragedy, one that is shocking and genuinely surreal, especially in a country that prides itself on equal opportunity and justice for all. These tragic injustices have sparked an expression of anger, hurt, and outrage throughout our country as well as our communities. The profoundly etched pain of unacceptable abuse of power and authority radiates across the communities where we all live and work.
Without a doubt, much of the weight of these challenges does fall disproportionately on our communities of color. When we truly look, we see profoundly rooted discrimination, not just in the form of violence, but in everyday experiences. It is reflected in our criminal justice system as well as in neighborhood services, healthcare, and education. Although we want to believe our laws have changed, the truth is they are not universally applied. We can no longer turn a blind eye to this reality.
There are no easy answers, and we should not be interested in superficial actions. While Greystone Health cannot solve injustice, I believe we have a responsibility to work toward addressing it to the best of our ability. That means fostering conditions where everyone is welcome within our walls. And, within these walls, we unequivocally condemn intolerance, racism, bigotry, and discrimination. My personal commitment as your CEO is to lead that effort to ensure the leadership of Greystone Health remains consistently aware of our responsibility to bring awareness to social justice for all. Awareness stimulates dialogue, and dialogue leads to understanding, and through understanding, we begin to change. All change starts with each of us.
Greystone Health is an organization of extraordinary people of every race, religion, and background, all worthy of the same dignity. When we recognize our differences as one of our greatest strengths, we become a unified family and a company that is stronger together, committed to racial and social justice and where people truly matter.
Next week Executive Directors and Regional Teams will receive an invitation from Teresa Evans, VP of Human Resources, to participate in a brainstorming session to determine what physical actions we will take and to share our voice on this important issue.
Business leaders throughout Greystone recently received Steve Rosenberg’s weekly video, and hopefully, you each have taken a few minutes to listen to his message. This week’s message was an impassioned plea to our organization to unite, working to create a culture of racial justice for all. As an organization comprised of 7,400 exceptional individuals, working throughout the country, we share a commitment to begin dialogues with our leaders. We want to better understand how people are feeling and how we can, as an organization, drive sustainable change in our society. In a time of hardship and upheaval, one thing is for sure, the needed change begins with us acknowledging, it starts with us to summon new levels of empathy and humanity.
As I close, I want to encourage each of you to share Steve’s message with your teams as his message underscores our organization’s unwavering commitment to drive change. Additionally, if anyone is struggling emotionally, we want to help, and we have the resources that can help. If you need assistance, please call our Hot Line at 855-775-4357.
I thank each of you for your support- you are Greystone.
Love and virtual hugs,