I think we have all watched the events unfolding over the past several days in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd, and the ensuing protests across the nation and even the world calling for change and racial justice.  As health care providers and administrators, you came into this field with one goal: to serve others.  And you do so without regard to one’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation.  It is truly inspiring to observe how you fulfill that fundamental mission in all that you do on behalf of your patients and the communities that you serve. 

Today’s events have shown again the deep racial divisions that exist in our nation, but they also demonstrate all that is possible and hopeful.  To witness thousands of our fellow citizens raising their voice in peaceful protest, or to see a police officer kneeling with those protestors or holding a sign that reads, “We hear you!”, we know that we can make progress on these challenging issues if we are willing to listen to one another, to understand and to work towards reconciliation and moving forward together

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so eloquently said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  It is to these ideals that we must pledge ourselves in order to heal the divisions that exist and build a better community for all.


Steve Ahnen

President, New Hampshire Hospital Association