Systemic racism is responsible for the higher rate of Covid-19 deaths among African-Americans. A group of protesters want a Rutland hospital to appreciate that “Black Lives Matter.”
Employees requested that the hospital’s leadership, including Claudio Fort, CEO, and Mike Solimano, chair of the board of directors, require implicit bias training for all staff, raise a Black Lives Matter flag over the hospital, and issue a public statement acknowledging the presence of racism in the health care system. The petition, written by emergency room nurse Ryn Gluckman in collaboration with other RRMC staff and the Rutland chapter of the NAACP, comes amid state and nationwide protests responding to the killing of George Floyd. Several demonstrations have been held in Rutland. Systemic racism in the medical system has been cited as a reason why black Americans have tested positive for Covid-19 in disproportionate numbers, Fort and Solimano said and they agreed Thursday to meet with petition organizers.."
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