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CEO Message: Standing with Orlando

Posted on Jun. 16, 2016 ( comments)
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The flag at MultiCare Health System's main campus in Tacoma flies at half-staff to honor victims of the Orlando tragedy.

The news of the horrific and senseless tragedy in Orlando flooded the media and I was profoundly moved by the reality that we are all connected — straight, LGBTQ, Caucasian, African-American, Asian, Latino, native-born, immigrant, all of us. Hate has terrible consequences. That which affects any one of us, impacts the whole family.

As members of this amazingly diverse human family, we are each in some way connected to the victims of the Orlando terrorist attack. An e-mail from a colleague who works in healthcare in the Orlando area sums up how we all are feeling: “the grief and pain we feel has no words.”

As a team of caring and compassionate professionals, we also know that some day we too may be called upon to provide care in the midst of a horrible situation just as our colleagues in Orlando have so ably done — caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people facing almost unimaginable horror.

We are called to make a positive difference in the lives of others, no matter who they are. Every day, in myriad ways, our team helps care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patients and families in our communities. It’s our mission and our privilege.

Thank you for being a part of our caring community. May we always remember that each member of our team and each person we serve is an invaluable part of our own human family.


You can support nonprofits helping victims, communities and families affected by the Pulse tragedy in Orlando and give to the OneOrlando Fund.

Posted in: CEO Perspective

About The Author

Bill Robertson Bill Robertson, President and CEO
Bill Robertson has served as MultiCare's President and CEO since May 2014. He came from Adventist HealthCare, Inc., based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Prior to Adventist, Robertson served as CEO of Shawnee Mission Medical Center near Kansas City, Kansas.  More stories by this author
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