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An Open Letter to Our Community

June 5, 2020 

It is with heavy hearts that we write to you.  The horrific crimes and events of the last several weeks are intolerable and unacceptable.  We hurt for those involved, their families and all of society affected by these unspeakable acts.  It is hard, in times like these, to find the good in the world. 

As an employer of a diverse workforce, and a health care provider to a diverse and vulnerable population, Advanced Health Care has long been sensitive to racial, ethnic, gender and cultural differences.  It has always been part of our mission and company’s ethical policy to treat all people, our employees, clients, and families, honestly, openly and without discrimination.   

We know that the Black community needs our support, now and always.  Not only to stand with them against systemic racism, but to tangibly do our part to make things better. And we have not done enough.  It is up to all of us to make changes, not only in how we conduct ourselves and our businesses, but how we think and feel and listen as people. 

We want you to know that Advanced Health Care stands against racism, and we believe that all lives cannot matter until Black and minority lives matter.  Do we do this perfectly?  Do we always understand?  Do we have the right answers?  No, to all these questions.  But, we can listen, and we can ask questions and we can have empathy.  For our society to survive and heal we must all be part of the change.  Advanced Health Care is committed to standing in solidarity with the Black community, our employees, our clients, and families and to do our part to make this world a better place. 

 

Sincerely,
Julianne Ferguson, Ron Bode, Sharla Bode, and Lynessa Stone
Advanced Health Care Board of Directors