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Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

By Sergio Espinoza, CMOM, MB, Clinical Practice Manager, Post-Acute Care   Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of people tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. In honor of the month, observed September 15 – October 15, Sergio Espinoza shares more about his heritage, what...

Reflecting on LGBTQ+ Pride Month

By Marilyn McLeod, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Facility Medical Director, Emergency Medicine   Pride Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate our successes, grieve our failures and plan for our future work. We have made so much progress in improving recognition for fairness and understanding for the LGBTQ+ community. Yet, too often the headlines we see...

Reflecting on Juneteenth 2022

By Candace Nall, MD, Physician, Emergency Medicine   When I reflect on what Juneteenth represents to me personally, it elicits a sense of pride. As I celebrate this day, I am mindful that each generation of Black women in my family have experienced the same healthcare system inequalities. Despite our change in income and privilege,...

Celebrating Pride Month 2022

Pride Month occurs annually in June to recognize the influence and impact of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people around the world. The entire month is dedicated to the celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and is used as a symbol to show support and inclusion.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

By Haoyu Zhao, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C, TeamHealth Post-Acute Care   What Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month means to me May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. During this month every year, we celebrate the achievements and remember the struggles Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) endured. I was born and raised...

Celebrate Diversity Month 2022

By Matthew Krauthamer, DO, Medical Director, Special Operations, TeamHealth Northeast Group   April is distinguished as Celebrate Diversity Month. It is a great opportunity for us all to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us. Celebrating the Diversity in My Life Diversity is understanding and appreciating people from all walks of life, sexes, religion and...

Black Maternal Health Week: Honoring our Humanity

By Djuna Jones, DO, Facility Medical Director, OB/GYN Hospitalist, Piedmont Henry Hospital   April 11 – 17, 2022, is Black Maternal Health Week. Officially recognized by the White House for the first time last year, the week is a time of celebration, awareness, activism, amplification and visibility for Black maternity. In recognition of the week,...

Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope

By Marjani Jean-Philippe, MSN, CNM   As far back as I can remember I have always been a nurturer, caring deeply for people and their well-being. My ability to nurture became heightened when in the presence of pregnant women and babies, revealing to me early on where my affinity truly lied. I can remember being...

A Challenge and Reflection on Asking “Why”

By Rex Everett, Vice President, Business Development Last month, I completed my 64th trip around the sun. In the previous 10 years, I and my younger sister started a tradition of celebrating our birthdays together with family. COVID put a pause in our tradition, so this year would be the first time we could enjoy...

African American Journeys of Innovation and Perseverance

By Andrea Stewart-Crutch, Regional Manager, Business Development, Northeast   As we continue our celebration of Black History Month, we turn our attention to innovation. African American inventors in our more recent history have been driven by inner curiosity, ingenuity and an interest in improving human conditions and experiences. Their motivations were in stark contrast to...

A Brief History of Black Hospitals in America

Until the 20th century American Civil Rights Movement, Black Americans were either To provide a safe space for Black Americans to receive care, segregated Black hospitals were created. The Georgia Infirmary was founded in 1832 as the first segregated Black hospital, and several others were created by the end of the nineteenth century.

Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Stan Thompson, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, LifePoint Group, and Chair, TeamHealth Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I plan to make what has now become an annual trip back to my hometown Memphis, Tennessee. As you may know, Memphis has the unfortunate legacy of being the city where the...