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The following is a message Dr. Guy Hudson, Swedish CEO, delivered to all our caregivers on March 18:
Here at Swedish, we stand with our AAPI and Asian immigrant communities.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen an alarming increase in acts of violence and hate committed against Asian immigrants and members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, both in our region and across the country.
According to Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition of advocacy groups and academic experts that tracks the rise in bigotry and violence targeting the AAPI population, more than 3,795 incidents of hate occurred between March 19, 2020, and February 28, 2021. In America’s largest cities, anti-Asian hate crimes increased 150%. The recent killings in Georgia on Tuesday are another tragic example of violence against this community.
Swedish stands with the AAPI and Asian immigrant communities and condemns these acts of hatred and racism.
As we carry forward our commitment to address structural racism and systemic inequality in our community and our organization, Swedish calls out the injustices perpetrated against this group of people and pledges our support to all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
We have much work to do, and I affirm the efforts of our newly formed Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to guide and strengthen our initiatives in this critical area.