On a beautiful Sunday June 7, 2020, members of the Medical Staff of Frederick
Health joined to express their solidarity for George Floyd and all those
who have suffered racial injustice. Our Medical Staff present represented
the deep diversity amongst all of us – black, white, brown, yellow;
male and female; him, her, ze, and hir; younger and older; Christian,
Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim; African, African-American, Caucasian, Latino,
Indian, and Pakistani; NPs, PAs, MDs, and DOs; medical specialists, PCPs,
and surgeons - just to name a few of the unique communities to which we belong.
Led by Lachelle Campbell, Marsha Shaw, and Meg Oberman, we gathered at
the historic Mullinix Park established for the African-American Community
at the time of segregation in Frederick. All knelt in silence for the
8 minutes and 46 seconds that George Floyd suffered the knee in his neck
leading to his death. During these long minutes, we truly became a “one”
that transcended Frederick Health, Frederick, Maryland, the Earth and beyond.
Dr. Campbell completed the event with a recitation of “Equality”
by the famous African-American poet Maya Angelou. This special solidarity
event demonstrated to me how diverse, special, and strong we are as Medical
Staff, and how deeply our oath to care for our fellow human beings rises
above the disparities that continue to plague our country today.
Mihir M. Jani, MD MHA
Vice Chief of Staff, Frederick Health Hospital
(on behalf of the Frederick Health Medical Group)