White Coats for Black Lives
June 05, 2020
A message from Barclay Berdan, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources

“Today at 12 p.m. CT, there is a national movement — White Coats for Black Lives — encouraging health care providers to take a moment of silent reflection and commitment to improve the health and safety of people of color, in honor of George Floyd. I encourage all Texas Health Resources employees, physicians on our medical staff and those in our facilities to participate, if they feel moved to do so.

White Coats for Black Lives

This is an appeal for an end to systemic racism and discrimination in our country. As caregivers, injustice is an issue that we cannot ignore. We are trained to recognize when there is an illness, and then work together to make things better. We pour our hearts and souls into healing our patients of the injuries we see every day in our emergency rooms, hospitals, outpatient centers and physician’s offices. But we must also recognize the violence and oppression against people because of the way they look — because of the color of their skin — that is playing out on our television sets, in our communities and perhaps even in our own lives.

At Texas Health, we reject racism, bigotry and discrimination in all their forms. We nurture our neighbors' health and well-being, caring for mind, body and spirit.

We kneel today with the rest of our country to acknowledge this ill that runs through our society. As caregivers, we commit to healing and changing our communities and ourselves.”

About Texas Health Resources

Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider. With a service area that consists of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 27 hospital locations under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. Texas Health access points and services, ranging from acute care hospitals and trauma centers to outpatient facilities and home health and preventive services, provide the full continuum of care for all stages of life. The system has more than 4,000 licensed hospital beds, 6,200 physicians with active staff privileges and more than 23,000 employees. For more information about Texas Health, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.

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