Diversity In Healthcare

Friday, Nov 08, 2019 | Suzanne Bullock

Ronnie Duncan, Chief Diversity Officer, Agape Hospice

When I think of the BIG picture of our mission, “The Three Musketeers” slogan comes to mind -the iconic characters with a clear sense of purpose of sticking together for the betterment of all. So, when we think of “The Three Musketeers,” we should believe in this manner. The moral value of their philosophy was that if one is alone, this can be bad, and if they band together, they can conquer all things. Our values reflect the nine fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. These virtues are the core of our mission and vision and echoed in our daily interactions and decisions from philanthropy, diversity, equity, inclusion, corporate governance, and ethics.

These matters are vital to the building and securing of the future of palliative and end-of-life healthcare services designed to meet the needs of seniors or those in need of care at the end-of-life. So, in taking a more diverse and intentional approach, coupled with the heart of equitability, which means we’ll seek to find every feasible avenue of fairness to serve. No single group is better than the whole. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. states, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are part of an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Our approach is to address the healthcare disparities and to support those who are underrepresented when it comes to knowledge, access, and proper care. Our comprehensive model allows our Palliative care and end-of-life care to thrive in a diverse population of different backgrounds, beliefs, races, and ethnicities.

Each entity is designed to meet the need of those seeking support. Whether the need is for AMS, Agape Hospice, SC House Calls, Main Street Physicians, LTC Management, LTC Medical Equipment, SC Home RX, or LTC Therapy, we have taken steps to fulfill a solution. Furthermore, we even are invested in an educational system that gives us the knowledge and the ability to think innovatively. We hope that we have created and developed a system that looks from multiple diverse lenses to meet the needs of those with palliative and end-of-life care support.

The family of Dianne Bush wants to especially thank Jim Shinta, Kim Hartman and Melanie McAlhaney for their care of Dianne and the support and kindness shown to our family members. Dianne’s husband, Ashley, said “If I had known how much hospice could help I would have requested the service much earlier.”

The Bush family, Charleston SC

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