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Published on July 15, 2020

Black Lives Matter

We are flying the Black Lives Matter flag here at Rutland Regional Medical Center through the Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's seminal "I Have a Dream" speech at the end of August. We will fly the flag in support of our black colleagues and those members of the black community whom we serve.

What does our flying the Black Lives Matter flag mean?

  • It means that we acknowledge the harm caused by structural racism and implicit bias and that we need to increase our efforts to address these issues at Rutland Regional.
  • It means that we believe in equity of care and that we need to do more to understand and address the drivers of health disparities in our community.
  • It means exactly what it says: BLACK LIVES MATTER.

It is also important to explain what flying the flag DOES NOT mean:

  • It does not mean that Rutland Regional is endorsing the Black Lives Matter organization. As a non-profit hospital, we refrain from public endorsement of political movements or parties.
  • It does not mean that we don’t support law enforcement. We share a special affiliation with other public servants like the police and we recognize those in the law enforcement community who carry out an extremely difficult job with empathy, integrity, equity, and honor.
  • It does not mean that we do not believe that all lives matter. The flag does not say that “ONLY Black Lives Matter.

Given the significant challenges we are recognizing as a nation with structural racism and inequity, we feel it is important to make this statement of support for the black community. We stand committed to improve our understanding of these issues in order to advance diversity and inclusion here at Rutland Regional Medical and to address health disparities in our community.

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