Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     
April 20, 2021

Contact: Brian Reardon

Statement by Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, President and Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Association of the United States

WASHINGTON, DC – Today's verdict in the killing of George Floyd calls us to come together as people of God and renew our commitment to racial and social justice. Mr. Floyd’s tragic death stands as a constant reminder that we must bridge our divides, seek reconciliation, and embrace Christ’s message to love one another.

As a Catholic health care ministry, we firmly believe that racism is a public health crisis. We are committed to addressing health disparities and achieving health equity. We must acknowledge the suffering of those afflicted by racism and recognize their pain so that true healing may begin to occur.

This moment reminds our nation that we must continually strive to seek common ground and understanding, seeing in all people the neighbor we are called to love.

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The Catholic Health Association of the United States is the national leadership organization of the Catholic health ministry, representing the largest nonprofit provider of health care services in the nation.

  • 1 in 7 patients in the U.S. is cared for in a Catholic hospital each day.
  • Catholic health care, which includes more than 2,200 hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, systems, sponsors, and related organizations, serves the full continuum of health care across our nation.


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