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July 17, 2019

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

By: Rob MacIsaac, president and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences

Serious concerns are being raised in our community right now about the impact of hate, discrimination and bullying aimed at two spirit and LGBTQ+ people. While we are a healing organization, not a political one, we are part of this community. Many of the people who work and volunteer for our hospital live in Hamilton. We want to be perfectly clear about Hamilton Health Sciences’ position on these issues.

We are committed to making our hospital a safe place in the community for two spirit and LGBTQ+ people. Those we serve often seek our support when they are at their most vulnerable. Our patients should feel safe here, in that moment. Everyone is welcome in our hospital.

The same is true for two spirit and LGBTQ+ employees, physicians, learners and volunteers at HHS. We know some of you are struggling right now. I want you to know that you are valued and respected members of our team and we support you. We offer supports such as the employee assistance program, through our Health, Safety and Wellness initiatives.

Diversity is one of the strengths of HHS and its 15,000 people. That is why inclusion is a key aspect of many initiatives of our hospital’s Strategic Plan. When our people feel supported and valued, they do their best work and can offer the same support back to the community.

We each have a role to play in living our organization’s values of caring and respect, and keeping our hospital free of discrimination and bullying. We are proud to support one another and our community in this regard. This should be top of mind for everyone, now and always.

Thank you,

Rob