We stand with immigrants and refugees

The recent executive order on immigration is more than just a headline for Providence St. Joseph Health. It hits close to home on a personal level.

More than 300 of our caregivers are nationals or dual nationals of the seven countries named in the executive order. These individuals are valued members of the Providence St. Joseph Health family.

They play a vital role in the health of those we serve, bringing highly needed, highly technical skills to our communities. Their work literally saves lives, and we express our profound gratitude for the contributions they make to our communities every day.

These individuals also include physicians who come here to learn the latest medical techniques, which in turn, allow them to advance health care in their home countries. It’s part of our commitment to improving health around the globe, especially in developing nations.

We know many of our affected caregivers are unclear and anxious about what this executive action means for them and their families. If you are one of these individuals, please know we are in solidarity with you and are monitoring the situation very closely to gain as much clarity as we can so we can support you.

Standing with refugees

This order is also concerning to us as a matter of social justice. As a Catholic not-for-profit health system, Providence St. Joseph Health embraces the teachings that call us to protect the vulnerable and respect the human dignity of all, including those fleeing war-torn nations.

The Catholic social teachings remind us:

“We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. … Our love for all demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.”

Providence St. Joseph Health stands with all who seek to escape violence and oppression, both at home and abroad. Our hope is that the confusion around this executive order is clarified as soon as possible and that the ban on refugees is lifted without delay.

211 Comments
  1. Thank you, Dr. Hochman! I appreciate your message and agree that the only right thing to do is to stand with those trying to escape violence and oppression. Yours is a message not only of hope, but of steadfast resolve to stay the course and act in accordance with our mission.

  2. Thank you Rod for reminding us how our values both support and challenge us everyday.

  3. It is reassuring and refreshing to hear these words from the organization for which I am employed. Thank you very much.

  4. Thank you for offering your opinion on a very important issue – It is these times that require a strong voice. I appreciate yours!

  5. I understand what you’re saying, but it concerns me. We have people coming here from countries with strong terrorist ties, and we’re not asking they be blocked, but simply vetted strongly, to ensure our safety. Since when did the safety of the American people fall to second place?

    Don’t forget 9/11, and all of the terrorist attacks that have happened in the last 16 years. We need to ensure OUR safety, before allowing just anyone into the country as we have been doing.

    • While I appreciate your support for all employees, I affirm the mission of Providence, I do not think it appropriate to take a political stand on what our government is doing to protect our country. My spouse is an immigrant and came to the US legally. Being more careful of who is being allowed into this country is a reasonable precaution. Yes our government needs to do it better.

    • Good point, Laura!

  6. Thanks Rod. We stand behind your leadership on this matter. God creates us in his image without racial, color, or nationality discrimination. Likewise, we should honor our Creator by addressing and removing this type of barrier and discrimination.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing that we will stand by our people. Our mission includes caring and easing the way and our people need us to stand by them. I’m proud to work for an organization that will take a stand of support for refugees and immigrants.

  8. I am so proud that Providence not only supports the dignity for all human beings, but is also courageous in conveying our message of compassion for all. There comes a time when all of us need to use our intelligence and calm to help our world move forward, not backwards, and I believe we have enough love, rather than hate, to make this possible. thank you!

  9. I’m sorry Dr. Hochman, but I found this completely inappropriate for the workplace based on all of the comments above. There is enough divisiveness outside the workplace without bringing it inside the workplace as well, by upper management of all people. While I respect your right to your opinions, even to voice those opinions, I don’t expect to be subjected to them at work from you anymore than I do from any other co-worker. I will no longer be reading anymore of your posts unless they are completely work related.

  10. This reminds me of Executive Order 9066, issued by President Roosevelt, authorizing imprisonment of Japanese American citizens in 1942, because of fear.

    I am not saying that terrorism isn’t horrible or that we shouldn’t protect ourselves, but racism is always wrong, period. We must find another way.

    I too appreciate your sentiments, Dr. Hochman. Thank you.

  11. Thank you. We stand by all people.

  12. Thanks, Dr. Hochman. Thumbs up.

    • Thank you for being our voice to Congress for protecting the poor and vulnerable. I am proud that Providence has taken this stand. Congress and the President are not acting out of compassion

    • I don’t understand what this has to do with the executive order. We are only checking peopel coming in from 7 countries that harbor terroists. If they have the proper documents there is no problem,we need to check & make sure they are coming in without intent to harm anyone in our country. This does not apply to all immigrants & refugees,actually a very small percentage are stopped & questioned,I don’t know why everyone is making such a huge deal about it

  13. Thank you for eloquently expressing concern and care for those affected and taking this stance of standing with immigrants and their families.

    Other than Native Americans, we all are immigrants, we all came here from someplace else. Some of us our ancestors came by their own choice and some of us our ancestors were forced to come here as slaves. For some immigrating is recent and for others it was many generations ago. We are immigrants.

    Our nation was founded on being a safe refuge for the oppressed, let us keep it that way by extending a hand of welcome.

  14. Thank you Dr. Hochman for these words. There is no us and them, only we.

  15. I faced terrorism first hand. They attempted to jimmy a door lock 50 feet from my cubicle, was asked to look out for a person from the Middle East in my secured area. I came face to face with him and he got away. His group attempted to plant a bomb near my cubicle. They also attempted to plant one next to the day care across the way. On the day the bomb squad was there I evacuated the building and walked past about 12 cribs with young babies in them. They also were evacuated. This was not homegrown. Who in this string has mercy for those babies or for me and my past coworkers?

    • I do, Dan.

    • Please look up Daniel Berrigan, put your own fears and judgement aside for a few minutes and allow his wisdom to to find a small place in your thoughts. War, violence, exclusion and imprisonment tactics have been tried throughout the world and has not produced justice – which is afterall what we are striving for. I beg of you – look always for kindness, first in yourself and then in others.

    • Thank you for this note. This executive order may not have been the best but it does have meaning, and was issued for a purpose.

  16. Thank you Rod. I stand with you

  17. My heart breaks for the immigrants who are not only leaving countries with atrocities we can’t even imagine but when they come to the US they are demonized as killers, murderers and rapists. We have indeed done a disservice to our country. This fear mongering is working and we need to stand with the immigrants because they are first and foremost our fellow human beings.

    • Perfectly stated, Rosemary. Thank you, and thank you Rod for taking a stand for social justice and human decency. When people don’t stand up to fear- and hate-mongering, it easily spreads into social hysteria, creating much larger problems than it purports to solve.

  18. Thank you Dr. Hochman for this unifying and timely message. I am proud to work at Providence.

  19. I am so proud of this stand. Thank you so much for stadning up for what is right.
    I want to personally let those affected by this Executive order that you are welcome here, and we love you. I am truly sorry that members of the Worls Superpower have disgraced so many. I stand with you!. I stand with humanity.

  20. Dr Hochman,
    Thank you for invoking Providence’s core values in this way. I’m grateful to work for an organization that will stand up for social justice.

    • Thank you for reminding us of God’s Love for the poor and the vulnerable. I don’t completely understand the ban on immigration but I do want the safety of my family and neighbors to be utmost. If extreme vetting is what it takes until the administration has a handle on things and can enforce the immigration as it applies to terrorist, then let it be done.
      I do believe it was done in haste, however, and not thought through.

  21. I am so glad to know that St. Joseph Health is taking a stand for refugees and for human kindness, and asking the question, “WWJD, What would Jesus Do?” Remember our mission is “To extend the healing ministry of Jesus.” We all need to stand up for social justice.

  22. Ours is a nation of laws not of men. Jesus said to “render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s”. The law of immigration applies. I am tired of those who don’t realize our strength has been our laws. It is the governments’ responsibility to regulate who comes into our country. To those who are impacted for a measley 90 days, coming here is not a right it is a priviledge. I am glad that we have a President that cares more about us and protecting us than he does about a few outsiders being temporarily inconvenienced.

  23. I stand with immigrants and refugees – although I Do Not Stand with people who break the LAW – this is also from my Bible… The Ten Commandments. I can love my neighbor without agreeing with their illegal acts.

  24. Thank you Dr. Hochman!
    At a time when everything seems to be falling apart, your words are so comforting. It’s a confirmation that we can still have hope in humanity and that maybe everything will be ok at the end…

  25. Thank you for standing up against the thoughtless authoritarian immigration ban! It is inhumane and illegal.

  26. Thank you, Rod, for publicly expressing your concern and support for the diverse caregivers at Providence. I’m deeply touched by the compassion and dedication my coworkers show to the sick and vulnerable in the community and to their coworkers. Caring for others can sometimes be a thankless job, but at Providence, it is done love and kindness, even under the most challenging conditions.

  27. Thank you Dr. Hochman for eloquently applying Providence values to current events. After reading many passionate posts, I believe it would be helpful to refer to the two relevant sections of the actual executive order to clear any confusion. This order is not about people entering illegally to this country, but legally. So many political views have been mistakenly attributed to this action, Dr. Hochman, you were very clear about what this order does and who it affects. Thank you. What this order does is as follows: It suspends for 90 days all people (immigrants and non immigrants would equal all people travelling here from 7 countries) from entry into the U.S. and suspends all refugees until one person: the president, deems it in the national interest. Not even one refugee family can enter or re-enter the U.S. from these countries under this order until the president deems it in the national interest.

    Reading the sections of the order below, I have wondered how could anyone not see this as such a broad net that will affect many well-meaning and innocent people unfairly, when other countries are allowed entry into the U.S., sometimes even without visas? It appears to me to be simply ill-thought out as it does not prevent travel from countries from which actual terrorists have come, and blatently unfair to many innocent and well-meaning people.

    My family immigrated from war-torn European countries and some sought refuge here from religious and other persecution in the 17th and 18th centuries. I am eternally grateful the United States did not arbitarily suspend immigration or indefinitely suspend refugee entry until the president “deemed it in the national interest” in those days. Please see the excerpts of the order below which is from the NPR website:

    Immigrants and non immigrants from 7 countries:
    “I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order”

    Refugees fleeing persecution and war from 7 countries:
    “I hereby proclaim that the entry of more than 50,000 refugees in fiscal year 2017 would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I determine that additional admissions would be in the national interest.”

    Dr. Hochman, again, thank you for courageous words that reflect the values of compassion and integrity towards all, especially the poor and vulnerable, that Providence holds as important. We all await the inevitable judicial process which will deteremine if this executive order is legal under the constitution and falls within the boundaries of our country’s historic values. I am grateful to be employed by a company whose top executive exemplifies and understands its own values.
    Rev. Rick Church, chaplain, Providence Hospice of Seattle.

    • Thank you Rev. Church for clarification.

  28. I love everything you said. Thank you Dr Rod Hochman for letting me know your compassion and respect for humans,once long time ago i promised to my self that i will work for the best, “You are the BEST my Providence”.

  29. Should the parents and family of the people hurt and killed in San Bernardino and Orlando night club not receive the same compassion, justice, respect, and stewardship? I think our new administration will give that to the citizens and not just the immigrants and refugees.

  30. Many times I have heard and I believe myself
    THE SAFETY OF OUR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AT PROVIDENCE. With 10-20 million people in the USA that never went through the normal screening and background checks is it any wonder US citizens are scared. Now we have to be scared for our jobs. Providence is highly reliant on federal funding via Medicare, Medicaid, ACA, research grants, and healthcare grants. All caregivers should pass extensive background checks and comply with all federal laws and rules. We should error to the side of caution. OUR PATIENTS EXPECT THIS.

  31. It’s important to remember that we are all children of God. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their various circumstances. I believe that in times of distress it’s easy to turn to our fears. Faith in God and fear cannot co-exist. I love working for Providence and I was drawn here by our mission and core values. If we are truly going to show God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable; lets focus on providing compassionate service the people that are here now…no matter where they come from or what they might believe. The policital climate will work itself out as we continue to move our mission forward. That is true activism….

  32. where was Providence when they did a clean sweep of undocumented workers some months ago or maybe because they were not doctors that it was okay. we lost some excellant employees. why did Providence not help them become legal? Your sentiments are nicely spoken but your actions prove otherwise at times. keep politics out of the hospital, focus on patient care.

    • A agree that Providence should remain OUT of politics. There have been several presidents (including Obama) that have put a ban on some of the same countries. We need to make sure that those immigrants coming in are vetted out first. I don’t agree with keeping those out that have been here previously from returning, I have confidence that will be sorted out.

    • Betty, keeping politics out of health care is like keeping fish out of water, it’s possible but the results won’t be good.

  33. Thank you for taking a stand. I am glad to work for a company that holds to these values.

  34. I read this and I am in tears. This has been such a struggle for myself watching this and feeling so helpless, donating ..and calling representatives and doing all I can. I am SO Proud of this great organization I work for.

    Thank you Sir

  35. I second the previous comment: “Thank you! This makes me proud to be part of Providence”. I would add to that, “Never prouder”.

  36. Thank you Dr. Hochman. As a proud woman of color that can trace my ancestors from slave ships in North Carolina to first generation Italian immigrants in New York City, your comments comfort my heart and provide me with hope that together we can forge a community and nation of tolerance and compassion for everyone. I consider my tenure with Providence a treasured partnership, and a great personal journey toward freedom and justice for all people.

  37. No fear requuired if your here legally.

    • Unfortunately that is not the case for those who are traveling back to their homeland to see their families. Even with green cards, having lived here for years, physicians, lawyers, CNN reporters, are being detained during this mass confusion. Vets are up in arms for the interpreters who put their lives on the line to help them in Iraq etc and who were promised safe imigration.
      Pray that this will all be sorted out and the ban will be lifted.

  38. Unfortunately, during the last several decades our borders and immigration policy have been a monster mess. I know people here over staying visitor visas and working for cash. Much of the money is then sent to their foreign countries. We as a society of US citizens must think about our commitment to our elderly and disabled who will someday hope to receive social security, medicare, and Medicaid. What the president is doing may be too little, too late with 20 trillion in federal debt. In 1975 prior to the lob sided, unfair free trade agreements such as nafta, cafta, and china most favored nation status, there were 23 million US manufacturing workers. Now there are less than 5 million. No wonder Rust belt Midwesterners finally voted for a pro American president. Globalism was a price they had to pay while many of us benefited with big stock market gains. Small dairy farms thrived in the 1970s. Now mega farms with illegal workers dominate. Few middle class workers believe the Obama open border strategy was working. Most just want good jobs that allow them to survive without unfair competition.

  39. Thank you for embodying the American spirit and compassion for immigrants and refugees. This is the right thing to do. This decree is poorly framed, and does nothing to protect the safety of American citizens. We are better than this. This statement is relevant to Providence’s leadership responsibilities in American healthcare.

  40. Rod, Thank you for this kind, thoughtful, expression- Heart warming!

  41. Nice rant, but it doesn’t fly with what is really happening. Our governments first priority is to the people who live in America. If they pass the screening they are going to be let in. Not seeing the problem with being cautious when it comes to countries that hate our way of life.

    • I feel as though this statement did not include the thoughts of Americans who feel differently about this then some. For example…while there may be good people with good intentions who applied for Visas to live in the USA and did their best to fit into our culture…there are also hundreds of people who are also here in the USA ILLEGALLY. How are we Americans supposed to know who has good intentions and who have plans to destroy our country from these countries that have been banned from entering the USA?? I for one, want to do my best to protect my family, friends and co-workers who become my friends, from the pure evilness of some of these refugees who try to enter our country. While our upper management may be in support of all immigrants, they also need to support their employees who may feel differently about the whole issue. We are also the backbone of this company and do our best each day to pitch in and help this company succeed.

    • Did you realize that the vetting process for visas and immigration from the countries in question is already 18 months and they are reviewed by approximately 56 federal organizations? A lot of folks don’t realize this. Since the implemented this after 9/11, there hasn’t been any acts of terror committed by foreign nationals, they’ve all been committed by American citizens. I just found this out myself and was quite surprised to learn how thorough the process is. So this move to “shut the doors for 90 days” really was arbitrary and not based on any factual information. It’s just to give the appearance of action and has unfortunately hurt a lot of people who have abided by the law and followed all the rules and regs. That really is sad and unfair.

      • Thank you Joy!

      • Would love to know how you can vet people from war torn areas like Syria when there is no official government running the country at this time. It isn’t as if you can go to the local officials there and ask for their records. That means the only vetting we are actually doing is making them wait 18 months and taking them at their word. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Maybe we should be looking at Germany and France as to why we should be doing increased vetting. Im sure many in those two countries are wishing their leaders would have stepped up and looked out for their citizens best interest instead of their own political careers. Maybe many men, women and children in those two countries would be alive today if they had increased their security and vetting process. Just saying.

      • I was almost the victimn of one of those non-existent foreign-grown terror attacks. What is happening is necessary and good.

  42. I thank you my Providence Family, for standing by our diversity and our principles. I am so proud to be part of Providence. I am an immigrant, Providence caregiver working with compassion for all. THANK YOU!!!!

  43. Thank you! This makes me proud to be part of Providence. I was on a J1 visa when I did my residency and fellowship and the executive order on immigration hit a chord, particulary reading about young colleagues unable to go back to their training and their patients. Some of my patients are refugees from the countries that have been banned and I have been privileged to have heard their stories of courage.

  44. I appreciate how Rod courageously speaks on this topic in alignment with the Providence mission and values. These types of statements have made me realize that I am contributing my efforts to an organization that is outstanding and working in a socially conscious manner. I am proud to say I work for Providence and agree with these values. Thank you.

  45. Thank you for your compassionate reaction to this issue.

  46. Mr.Hochman, thank you for your statement. It makes me proud to say I have worked for the Providence organization for almost 30 years. As someone else said, your statement is not about politics, it is about human decency.

  47. Thank you for this thoughtful and compassionate statement, Rod.

    • Rod, it warms my heart to read your comments and makes me proud to be part of the Providence system.

  48. Thank you so much for embodying Providence’s Mission with your statement. I appreciate that you took the time to write a thoughtful commentary that points toward compassion. Sadly, I am disturbed by many of the comments below that disregard our mission and focus on political leanings that have no place in this forum. But I am also encourged by the number of comments that reflect many people of Providence are still highly committed to our mission and values.

    Again, thank you for being the kind of leader that makes me proud to be part of this organization.

  49. Thank you.

  50. ” Ignorance and fear, the two pillars of bigotry, are powerful allies. Each supports the other. ”

    I support your position Rod. Thank-you for making it known.

  51. Thank you!

  52. This is not an appropriate forum for your biased political views. The 300 people already here for those terrorism plagued nations are in no danger, as is the case for anyone here legally. There is nothing inconsistent with our Mission Values in being concerned with security given our recent history. This is a temporary hold, not a ban. I support immigrants and work with dozens. Work mailings should not be political rants no matter who you are.

    • Really how do you explain the fact that acts of terrorism has been home grown. That Alt-fact seem to be chronically overlooked.

  53. How should we treat immigrants and refugees? Here’s one thought:

    Matthew 2:13-23New International Version (NIV)

    The Escape to Egypt
    13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

    14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”[a]

    16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

    18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
    weeping and great mourning,
    Rachel weeping for her children
    and refusing to be comforted,
    because they are no more.

    • Mike, thanks for the scripture reference. It highlights the fact that there are people in the world that believe it is appropriate to kill thousands upon thousands of innocent people. Those are the people that we don’t want coming to America. Hopefully the temporary freeze that is taking place in 7 countries will help us accomplish that goal.

  54. No one has anything to fear if they are here legally.

    • Exactly, they should not have fear if they are here legally. I do not stand for illegal immigrants and those especially who disrespect America.

      • The majority of the people who were detained are legal permanent resident and they have greencard. They were denied re-entry because they are from those 7 countries listed in the executive order. People should be banned if they are dangerous and have done any suspicious activity, not solely based on their religion or ethnicity. I just think that more understanding before accusation is what our nation really needs right now because it will clear up majority of these problems and fear.

    • we are supposed to be respectful also as our core value that includes respecting our President!! we have been a VERY giving Nation for Many, Many Years and like many of us caregivers that get compassion fatigue, we as a Nation need to take care of OUR SELF, make AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, so we can then again move forward. America FIRST, Jobs to Americans First, I will care for everyone with respect and compassion and expect the same for OUR President!!

      • Amber – Thank you for your heartfelt comments. Please know we always honor our core value of respect in our advocacy efforts. We have worked with many administrations over our 160 year history. Sometimes we respectfully offer a different perspective on behalf of the vulnerable, and this is one of those times. However, we expect to work together productively on many policies and look forward to collaborating with Congress and our president toward solutions whenever possible.

      • I agree, very well said! Politics shouldn’t be discussed in the workplace. Dr. Hochman, this has been very disrespectful to everyone who works in healthcare, no matter what race you are!

    • I totally agree with there should be no fear if one is in our country legally. We are a nation of laws and that is a big part of what makes us great. If our laws are to be ignored then who gets to determine which laws we should enforce or is that just one parties decision?

    • I have no objection to legal immigration and also stand with those who have legally immigrated to the USA. I am quite sure that Providence has completely vetted all their employees so none of them should have anything to worry about. I also have compassion for refugees but as a veteran of the United States Navy I believe the vuneralble persons who served this country should come first.

    • I totally agree Melinda, it took me twelve years to become a citizen, I am certainly not going to give that up and watch people just walk in with some lame excuse and get away with it. See my response further down to Mary. Also Dr Hochman should keep politics out of the workplace, just look at the hornets nest he has stirred up. I think he should resign as he no doubt has not even read the order but is leaning on the media for information.

  55. Of course it is our responsiblity to care for the vulnerable in society regarless of immigrations status, but to make it political statement is a different story. To imply somehow this is the first time in the history of the world that travel bans have been imposed is incorrect.
    Refugee or not, each person should be treated with respect and compassion.

  56. Thank you. It is an honor to serve Providence. May we always lead with our mission and core values.

    • Yes, it is an honor to work for Providence. Thank you, Dr. Hochman.

  57. Unfortunately this has turned into a political forum! Providence was not based on politics. There is NO immigration ban. There is however a hold of 90 days for foreigners entering the united states. Given the purpose is to secure our satey I find it a positive. I work with many physcians from many countries and with the few I have spoken with they find the entourage of politcal rant a waste of valuable time.

    • Obviously from the majority of responses, my comment will not be popular, but I feel compelled to speak out in support of the executive order. My late father would literally give the shirt off his back to less fortunate people he would meet in other countries. I was raised to show compassion to all without any hint of bigotry. I have put myself in danger on mission trips to third world countries. However,no matter how deeply my heart breaks for others in need, I will help in certain ways, but I would never invite a “stranger” (unvetted immigrant) to come into my house to stay, because my first responsibility is the safety of my children. Think about that, please, and ask yourself if our President is not responsible for our citizens safety first.

  58. Dr. Hochman, thank you for your statement. It provides a measure of comfort to those of us who are bewildered and saddened by this administration’s executive order. It also makes me proud to work for Providence!

  59. Thank you Dr. Hochman and all who were a part of creating this statement on behalf of Providence St. Joseph Health. We stand with immigrants and refugees!

  60. Thank you, Rod. I feel comforted and proud that my employer can make this statement and take this stance for human rights and human dignity.

  61. Thank you for taking a postive and humane postition on this issue. This executive order plays the politics of fear, and will not only not improve our citizens safety, but actually puts it at further risk.

  62. Thank you Dr. Hochman for your humble message of humanity, solidarity, and love for all. As a Muslim immigrant your words have provided me with a great sense of hope. I am so grateful to be part of an organization that stands for all people regardless of your race and religion.

  63. Thank you so much for your Leadership. I am so proud to work for an organization that truly lives its mission and allows employees to also serve the community.

  64. Thank you Dr. Hochman for your thoughtful message. It is a reminder that we have current caregivers that may be anxious about the implications and I’m sure your message is reassuring.

    It’s wonderful to see Providence St. Joseph Health continue to serve and stand with the poor and vulnerable. Our mission at it’s best!

  65. I too want to express gratitude to our leadership for being willing to stay true to our mission to the poor and vulnerable regardless of what is politically popular in the moment. This clear and courageous dedication to be inclusive of poor and vulnerable populations is a major reason I chose a career with Providence. And it’s one of the reasons I am proud to work here.

  66. Thank you! This makes me proud to work for Providence. Will you be sending out a press release as well? Will we have signage in multiple languages reassuring our vulnerable patients they are safe with us?

  67. Well said, Dr. Hochman!

  68. I don’t understand the reaction to this order. President Obama on six different occations issued such orders. American citizens are being killed at malls and night clubs. In other countries where refugees have already entered, they have been attacked and killed by radical terrorist who said they were refugees. It is not EVIL to protect the citizens of the country you swore to protect. That is the President’s number one job. And why isn’s there a news letter when terrorist attack us here. Where is the out pour of sympathy and outrage for the families who are victims of these acts. The country has voted and apparently we want to use wisdom by securing our nation. This librel ideology is not helpful, wise, or godly.

    • Well said!!

    • Mary,
      Perhaps you did not work here when the multitude of terrorist attacks (both domestic and international) occurred in the past decade. PHS has taken a stand (in newsletters and briefings) of solidarity and compassion in each instance, encouraging and supporting the victims and their families regardless of nationality, religion, ethnicity, or gender. It is not about politics or whether one is a liberal or conservative; it’s about humanity and taking care of one another which is Godly (Bible, Qur’an, Shruti, Talmud) just about every religion that espouses a God is directed to love and take care of one another. And Rage (of any kind) only encourages radical extremism.

      • Robin I read the bible also. It says to be as crafty as snakes. You have to use wisdom and use disernment. Let God lead you. And to PRAY for our LEADERS. By the way I have been here since the San Bernadino killings and the Night Club. No newsletter. What about the young lady that was killed in San Fancisco. That is why you Vet those coming from the nations (President Obama put on a terroist watch list) Think of it like this. The CDC screen people coming from an area with certain viruses or dieases. To protect American citizens from catching the diease or virus. AGAIN the President’s number 1 job is to PROTECT IT’S CITIZENS. Providenc is a Health care faciltiy. They have a different goal. After Home Land Security Vets them Providence can treat them

    • Well said Mary. I am sure non of these bandwagon jumpers have even read the order, but are merely leaning on what the media has told them. Keep politics out of the workplace Dr Hochman, if I was on the board I would call for your resignation immediately. You show no sympathy for families who have lost loved ones in atrocious acts of murder on our citizens by some of the people you are trying to protect. Note I said some! I too am an immigrant, it took me twelve years to become a citizen. Why can’t these people have the same scrutiny?

    • it is a proven statistic that we are more likely to be killed by a vending machine falling on us than by a refugee. Maybe we should ban those instead.

    • Refugees are the most heavily vetted of any people who enter the United States, facing an 18- to 24-month processing period, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Of the 3,252,493 refugees admitted from 1975 to the end of 2015, 20 were terrorists, which amounted to 0.00062 percent of the total. In other words, one terrorist entered as a refugee for every 162,625 refugees who were not terrorists. Refugees were not very successful at killing Americans in terrorist attacks. Of the 20, only three were successful in their attacks, killing a total of three people. A trio of Cuban refugees carried out the three fatal attacks in the 1970s… This data is from a Global Terrorism Database maintained at the University of Maryland, College Park. Of the 19 people who hijacked planes on Sept. 11, 2001, all entered the United States legally on a temporary visa, most on tourist visas. They were not refugees and they were not from any of the seven countries in Trump’s executive order. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot and killed 14 people and injured 22 others in December 2015 in San Bernardino. Farook was an American citizen born in Chicago. Malik was born and raised in Pakistan. She arrived in the United States on a fiancée visa and later became a permanent resident. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who carried out the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, were born in Kyrgyzstan to parents from war-torn Chechnya. Three people were killed and at least 264 were injured in the attack. The Tsarnaev family arrived in the United States in 2002 and was granted political asylum. Asylum is typically granted to people already in the United States who have fled persecution in their home country. Refugees are generally people outside their home country, and have applied for resettlement. Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub shooter was a U.S. citizen and son of Afghan immigrants. He shot and killed 49 people and wounded 53 others inside a gay nightclub in June 2016.

  69. Thank you, Dr. Hochman. In this sad and frightening time, it’s both an honor and a comfort to work for a principled organization.

  70. While it is part of our mission to care for the poor and vunerable, it is also paramount for the leaders of our nation to secure a safe environment for the citizens of this country. I do not think bringing politics into the workplace is appropriate. This does not create a safe environment for employees who have a differing opinion.

    • I don’t see politics mentioned here. Only an affirmation of Christian beliefs…..

    • This is not about politics. This is about human decency and caring for all regardless of their national origin. Borders should not matter when it comes to healthcare. Dr. Hochman is correct to call this out and stand by these caregivers.

    • Thank you. Could not have said it better.

    • It seems to me that anywhere, workplaces, where ever the rights of one group of people are being broadly and illegally denied and or labeled, it’s appropriate to have that conversation. It seems to me that if your leaning for a ban on any individual, and you may have to come into contact with those people. That may allow a personal negative feeling to exist, without realizing it.

      This is a nation of immigrants we all are from somewhere else, whether its one generation removed, or 4. When one persons rights are diminished, all our rights immigrant or not are in some way diminished. Where does that slippery slope end.

      First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Socialist.

      Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Jew.

      Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.

      Who will stand up for those who are disparaged by an unlawful act, where is their justice, unless we the people do it, it would appear that those empowered to insure that those who’s rights that have been extended to them, are not diminished out of fear and misunderstanding. If not coworkers, and their neighbors, or the public at large, it appears no one will.

      • Well said James

      • I left my country where I had no freedom or liberties, governed by a totalitarian regimme. I came here because I, like the fathers of constitution, believed that “all men are created equal” and I should not be denied the basic human right to freedom and equality that was predetermined for me by my birth place.Now,30 years later, I face the same fear not only for myself, but for my husband, who also is from “somewhere else”, just like (except for Native Americans)all those who go back to to the Mayflower’s arrival.
        The executive decision will NOT prevent terrorism, or decrease it, or eliminate it: it only will make the situation worse, especially for those who have nothing to do with terrorism.

      • Whoa, whoa, whoa. Dial back the rhetoric a bit. Personally, I am not really a big fan of Mr. Trump, but the fact of the matter is that there is no ban on immigration or on Muslims. Of the roughly 200 nations in the world, there is a temporary freeze on 7 counties that have been identified as difficult to accurately screen citizens where there may also be a high likelihood of radical Islamic Jihadists. The temporary freeze is so they can evaluate how to better screen citizens from these locations.

        The White House is not enacting a Muslim ban. They are not talking about eliminating immigration. Americans across the board (including myself) would be in an uproar if that was the case, but it isn’t. What is taking place is a lot of inflammatory rhetoric that is causing a lot of people to fear and do/say hateful things (ironically in the name of defending others against hate).

        The true issue at hand is the very real danger of radical Islamic Jihadist who have publicly declared they will infiltrate countries through the refugee program and proven that statement to be true in Europe already.

        There is no one coming for the Socialists.
        There is no one coming for the Trade Unionists.
        There is no one coming for the Jews… oh, wait, Yes there is. The radical Islamic Jihadists’ central ideology is to destroy America and Israel/Jews. It doesn’t matter if you’re uncomfortable with that fact or not. It is a fact and they will tell you so themselves. The temporary freeze is not about the Muslims. It is about the radical Islamic Jihadists.

    • Well said!

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Kimberly, as I recognize many caregivers feel similar to you. I want this to be an environment where people feel safe when they don’t agree. It’s our calling to be a model of love and respect for everyone, on behalf of our communities and our country. Thank you again for your comments and for all you do for Providence St. Joseph.

      • Thank you for providing an environment of love and respect for everyone! We appreciate it!I am proud to work here!

    • Thank you, Kimberly, for speaking up. I totally agree with you.

    • Well said, Kimberly!

    • I agree. Well said!!

    • Some experts actually believe that his actions are putting our country and us more at risk and less safe.

  71. Thank you so much for writing this!

  72. I am very proud and honored to work at Providence!!

    • Me too. Thank you. Could not be more proud.

  73. I am so proud that Providence leadership opposes the recent proclamations from the White House. We can all write letters stating our concerns to elected officials and to the media, but I wish we could do more. Would it be possible to create tasteful Providence tee shirts or lanyards or buttons that employees could wear? Nothing so political that we would get assaulted. Just gentle reminders that all people are important, compassion is important, and discrimination of any kind is not OK. Thank you for this venue and to all the caring employees who have commented.

    • Hi Lynn – We don’t have plans of that nature. But if you’re interested in getting involved, consider subscribing to our government affairs newsletter. Just send an email with “subscribe” in the subject line to psogovernmentaffairsATprovidenceDOTorg. It’s full of information about federal and state policy activity that’s important to our family of organizations. If you want to speak on behalf of our family of organizations, please reach out to your local government affairs leader. You can find the team’s contact info here: http://providencestjosephtogether.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/02-01-1720Government20Affairs20contacts.pdf

  74. Thank you very much, Dr. Hochman, for coming out with a public statement that stands with immigrants and refugees. Virtually everyone in my department agrees with you and it is good to get a voice out to the media and the current administration reflecting this stance.
    George Chappell, MD
    Medical Director Behavioral Health
    PRov. Southwest WA

    • Great to hear from you, George. Keep up the amazing behavioral health work in SW WA. The community needs you.

    • Thank you Dr. Chappell. Your courage is refreshing.

  75. Thank you for your words. I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on ACTION related to this committment to justice. It is wonderful to affirm these values among ourselves yet I wonder if there is a way Providence can use its influence to provide feedback to the administration about this policy? How about an Op Ed for the newspaper? A national statement by the Catholic Hospital Association? Could you encourage those employees who are so inclined to write to the president? We need to be proactive in responding to these deeply concerning actions!

  76. Just returned from the Anchorage Economic Development Corp forecast luncheon where it was announced that the Anchorage immigrant population represents $1.9 B of our $13 B Anchorage economy! Not a drain…an investment.

  77. You make me proud to work for Providence Holy Cross. Standing for what is fair,just, and right are part of being a true American. I congratulate the leadership of Providence for this clear and public statement in defense of the voiceless. Truth will be defended on the streets.

  78. Thank you Dr. Hochman for representing Providence with this message. I am proud to be part of an organization that stands for all people everywhere.

  79. I am proud to work for an organization that stands for all of the people.

  80. I appreciate this clarification so very much. The mission of Providence St. Joseph Health of course includes caring for all people, promoting justice and offering assistance to refugees. It could not be clearer that this faith-based institution needs to take this position, and I hope that some of our fellow employees who are openly expressing their support for the recent executive order on immigration, and who are in favor of discriminating against refugees, will consider the message from Dr. Hochman. Thank you.

  81. Thank you, Dr. Hochman. I feel so proud to work for an organization that is willing to take a stand against this unjustice.

  82. I commend you for your clear and strong stand against the latest rulings for immigrants. As a healthcare provider, I know that non-for-profit medical facilities pride themselves on providing excellent care to all their patients, regardless of ability to pay/insurance. Not as much regard is paid to employees. Your recognition of your employees’ importance and value to your institution is wonderful.

  83. Thank you Dr. Hochman for this important message and stand. As many of us have watched the mounting climate of hate, I have been wondering what I personally can do. I have been talking with people in my workplace, including our diversity officer here in Oregon, James Mason, about how this affects our own Providence family, and it is happening right among us. Patients disrepectful of caregivers, colleagues questioning a person of color’s motives and the validity of decisions that they make. We are not immune. But we do have a unique opportunity. We work together, and so we know each other and so, intrinisically, have maybe just a little more willingness to hear each other. Hate changes with understanding rather than simply from not saying hateful things. I have some ideas about how we could create a meaningful conversation within our workplace and have shared this with Dr. Mason and with Dave Underiner and would gladly share it with you.
    I am proud of my organization. Thank you.

    Nora Stern, MS PT

  84. Thank you, Dr. Hochman! I am honored to work for an organization that stands strongly for social justice!

  85. Thank you for acknowledging this. As an immigrant from one of those countries, I appreciate your message.

    • First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Socialist.

      Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Jew.

      Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me

      We must speak out against this kind of tyranny, this is the face of it. Throughout history Governments have made some else the monster that created all the problems of that country. When in fact in this country, the president, and congress are solely responsible for the state of this country. Vilifying anyone, whether immigrant or not, to deflect the light away from who is really at fault, immigrants, Mexicans,they are not the cause of this country’s deficit, or economic problems,they are not assaulting the constitution, In fact an Army Captain who gave his life for this country is born from immigrants. The man who swore to uphold that document that represents this country’s core values, along with the 545 people who represent this country are solely responsible. Until we turn the light in their direction, so we can clearly see and place the blame at the feet of those who created it and vote them out of office. And realize that we have ALL been left behind by our Governments handing corporate America more and more. They are the only body that creates problems that effect millions, then blame someone else.Until then we the people will continue to have our rights eroded.

      First it starts with immigrants,(as the Jews were Hitler’s first villain’s), then Mexicans, then gay people, then, who next people with blonde hair,

  86. Thank you Dr. Hochman…I was in tears reading this because I’ve been so proud to call Providence my workplace and be priviledged enough to help lead our ministry, but your message has deepened my appreciation. Thank you for reminding us of our mission, regardless of our race and religious background. You’ve inspired me more than ever to lead with compassion and relevance!

    • Thank you very much for these words, Dr. Hochman. I am proud to work for Providence and wholeheartedly support Providence’s position to lift this ban. Providence was formed by immigrants who were called to serve the poor and vulnerable and we as Americans and immigrants from around the globe continue that calling today. We cannot do this alone; we can do it together.

      • Very true. The Sisters of Providence were immigrants themselves, called to the United States to meet a need.

      • I certainly appreciate the founding sisters coming here as immigrants and fullfilling their calling. I’am profoundly and comtinuelly in awe of the mission they accomplished. There is however No immigrant Ban… it is a 90 day hold coming into America. As you would protect your home, the White house is securing our borders.

  87. Providence High School is proud to be a ministry of Providence St. Joseph Health! Thank you Dr. Hochman for your inspiring message.

  88. Thank for your words of support, these are increasingly terrifying times – our very humanity is going to be challenged in ways we never thought possible. Being there for each other may be all we can depend on.

  89. Thank you Providence St. Joseph Health for taking a stand.

  90. Thank you. I am so glad that Providence is speaking up for what is right on behalf of immigrants, refugees, and the poor and oppressed. This makes me so proud to work at Providence and contribute to our mission.

    “As people of Providence, we reveal God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service.”

  91. Thank you!! This gives my aching heart some renewed hope today. I audibly gasped, “AWESOME” when I saw this headline in the newsletter this morning. THANK YOU, Providence, for standing up. Is this a public statement, or is this for internal audiences only? Can we share this with our social media audiences? I am proud today to be part of the Providence family. Really proud.

    I have also been wondering if we will stand up and ask our travelers to not use Uber. Thoughts?

  92. I am so grateful to work for an organization that shares the same values that I hold dear.

    • Becca, I am as well. This is the main reason I continue to work for Providence for so many years.

  93. You make me proud to work here, THANK YOU!

  94. Thank you Rod for your strong support of refugees around the world.
    This demonstrates “who am I ? Where am I going ? How will I behave along the way?”
    Let’s hope more organizations step up and make a stand.

  95. Thank-you Dr. Hochman! Together – we stand. Si se Puede!

  96. So very proud to work for a wonderful company that embraces what Gods love truly stands for.

  97. Thank you for your words of support for our mission and our immigrant caregivers and families. Your leadership is appreciated!

  98. I am so proud of Providence Health Systems and your statement of solidarity. You encapsulated our mission exactly, and I am very happy to put your words into action at work, at home, on social media, and beyond! This is exactly why I love working here.

  99. Thank Dr. Hochman, you have once again make me proud to work under your leadership and for a health system that is true to its Mission for caring for the poor and vulnerable. Also, thank you for taking a stand for social justice, for our fellow caregivers and for being a courageous and compassionate leader.

    Sincerely

    Terry

  100. Thank you so much for your statement and expressing the stand of Providence on this vital issue. Makes me proud to be part of this health system. I have been calling my senators to fight for those left vulnerable by this. Thanks again for making it known what Providence’s stand is on the full impact of an irrational ban. Solidarity! Love wins!

  101. I am so grateful and proud to be working in a company that is firm in its commitment to social justice and charity for ALL people and states so in unwavering terms! I agree & support Dr. Hochman’s post wholeheartedly.

    I would encourage a public press release, if such has not already been done. Thank you,Dr. Hochman.

  102. Thank you for this timely, direct statement. I was honored to work at Providence for 37 years, am retired and so glad to see our values continue in these politically turbulent times.

  103. Thank you Dr. Hochman for this statement. I have been very proud to work for Providence the past 17 years, and will continue to help live the mission. Your leadership inspires. #proudtobeprovidence

  104. Thank you Providence system and Dr.Hochman for standing with immigrants and putting us at ease. The humanity and empathy shown here is what makes America great.

  105. I have been associated with Providence all my life, an employee for 24 years and now serve on a Community Ministry Board. Very proud to read this and thank you Dr. Hochman for making a bold statement on our behalf. The sisters would have welcomed the immigrant with respect and compassion and I am grateful to be associated with an organization (and by this I mean the people) that continues to do the same. Peace

  106. Dear Dr. Hochman,

    Please consider that in addition to foreign nationals from the impacted countries, there are a number of us who have diverse families who may also feel the effects. I urge you to also consider the impact, and support those who may be within the broader context of this issue.

    Pen McBain

  107. Rod,
    Thank you for your leadership during this time of uncertainty. You make me proud to be a person if Providence St. Joseph. Pat

  108. Thank you, Dr. Hochman. I’m especially proud today to be a person of Providence for 17 years. Praying for our colleagues and all people adversely affected by this EO.

  109. Thank you for writing this touching and powerful post, Dr. Hochman. Reading this, and the comments from my fellow caregivers, reaffirms for me how proud I am to work for an organization that represents–and asserts–the values I hold dear.

  110. I couldn’t be more proud of this organization. Thank you for doing what is RIGHT!

  111. Thank you Dr .Hochman, for your clear and strong statement of our values in this time that seems to be so rife with intolerance, hatred and social injustice. We as a people need to stand strong and be willing to continue to voice our objections when we see something that is clearly wrong, as the recent executive order is.
    Your statement made me so proud to be a member of this organization.
    Let’s keep embracing the good, and stand for those unable to stand for themselves.

  112. This is a tremendous relief. I’m honored to be part of a company that will stand against this international disgrace. Let us all draw strength from each other and lend strength to those who are going to need it in the days to come.

  113. Dear Rod,

    Your post makes me proud to work for Providence St. Joseph Health, an organization with leaders willing to take a stand regarding human and civil rights.

    Thank you for being brave and true to the mission.

  114. Thank you so much for taking this stand. The oath we take as physicians is a sacred one, and one that should be free of any sort of bias or intolerance.

  115. Thank you so much for taking this stand.

  116. Thank You to Dr. Hochman for words which reflect and emphasize our tradition and values. We care for our patients and one another and respect the fundamental human dignity of each of us. Now is the time to speak with truth, candor and honesty.

  117. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this issue. My heart has been heavy with emotion over the recent executive order on immigration. I am thankful for the reminder that this will not only affect people overseas, but it also affects us in our work places. At Kadlec, our Promise to those we serve is to “know me, care for me, ease my way.” What a beautiful world we could live in, if everyone one would accept this call and help “ease” the way of others. This issue is not only an American issue, this is a world wide issue that needs urgent focus. It is my prayer that peace and resolve may come quickly, and that our President may have the inspiration to see how we, as a nation, can unite in “caring” for those who are unable to at this time.

  118. Thank you for your statement. I have been hoping to see this from you and our leaders. We at PHOS plan to share it at our staff meeting this week.

  119. Bold and wonderful position for our organization to take!

  120. Thank you, Dr. Hochman. I would expect nothing less from you and from Providence- nevertheless, I am proud and grateful for your public and eloquent words.

  121. Thank you for this statement. I teach history, political science, and Catholic Social Teaching at the University of Great Falls. It’s always my hope and prayer that what students learn about human dignity in the college classroom will inform the decisions they make far outside the classroom. Today you have encouraged myself and other educators that we need to keep on teaching theology, history and political science, because education (guided by the Holy Spirit) is the best weapon against tyranny. Thank you.

    • Janine, thank you for the comment. It’s nice to hear from someone from our university, and thank you for sharing the social teachings with our young people. Best. -Rod

  122. Rod, Thanks for this strong statement and application of our values. It reminds us of who we are and what we stand for. Jack

  123. It is a time where a person can easily be discouraged & fearful for the future of the United States of America, as the great country we know. But statements like Dr. Hochman’s statement here – spoken clearly & boldly – bring hope & comfort. I, humbly & proudly, stand with you. I am so very thankful to work at Providence, where leaders walk the Mission!

  124. Thank you for speaking up for our values and mission, and for your public witness for justice and standing up for our caregivers. It breaks my heart thinking about the people I work with here at PAMC here in Anchorage who with their families and loved ones are impacted by this executive order.

  125. Thank you Dr. Hochman. Can I forward your message to my Congresswoman Mimi Walters, who represents the Orange County cities that our ministries serve. She doesn’t seem to be listening to her constituents who want to protect the vulnerable and respect the human dignity of all.

    • Hi Ket – I am the executive communication director for our organization. Please feel free to share this message as a private citizen. Thanks for your support! -Melissa Tizon, Senior Director, Executive Communication

  126. Thank you Dr. Hochman and Providence St. Joseph Health for not letting this pass without comment and outword support for doing the right thing.

    I am hopful that many many other companies and individuals step up to call out the injustice being delivered.

  127. Beautifully said. As always, I’m proud to be a humble part of PSJH. Thank you, Dr. Hochman, for always speaking up.

  128. President Trump’s executive order really hurt me. I am in disbelief how his bold action with a stroke of a pen can disrupt the lives of many, many good people. We are each others keepers and neighbors and need to treat each other with dignity, compassion and respect. I am so glad PSJH has taken a public stand and is in support for those who are fleeing oppression and violence. Thank you.

  129. Thank you for taking a public stance, letting the light of goodness shine and rekindling our commitment to the poor and the vulnerable.

  130. Thank you for standing up for those who cannot!It is very disheartening to witness such actions by those who are suppose to represent democracy, decency and ideals which protect and honor those less fortunate (whether in conflict or peace). Let our voice be heard against actions which infringes upon social justice and humanity as a whole.

  131. And this is just one reason why I love working at Providence St. Joseph Health….Walking the talk of value based leadership. Beautifully said, Rod.

  132. Thank you for taking this stance publicly. I’m proud to work for PSJH and stand by our values and our people.
    Sarah

  133. Thank you for this statement of compassion and leadership. It is my honor to stand in solidarity with you, and all the caregivers of Providence St. Joseph, to support and protect refugees, who are indeed our brothers and sisters. May our efforts, along with those around the world who reflect the same values of human dignity, bring a swift and peaceful resolution to this era of uncertainty and upheaval.

  134. Thank you, Dr. Hochman. I hope Providence St. Joseph Health continues to support the thousands of elected and business leaders and citizens who are scared and feeling lost or uncertain. The Pope has been a spiritual beacon in response to this time and I also hope that PSJH will not shy away from sharing his strong and positive messages.

  135. I helped a friend and former colleague in Iraq secure asylum in the United States in 2015.
    Thank you for your courage to publicly oppose this recent executive order.

  136. Though they didn’t publish it, I submitted the following to the Seattle Times

    Dear editor:
    The juxtaposition of President Trumps’ crackdown on immigration — keeping desperate living refugees from our shores – and an article on the massive Right to Life rally in D.C. pained me to the core. Our vice president proclaims “Life is winning” while his cohort bans the most stricken living people from our shores. Hypocrisy could have no better definition. We cannot say we are pro-life when we only mean pro-birth and are not willing to fight and sacrifice for all human life of whatever religion, nationality, gender. No action of a political leader in my life-time has more totally denied what it means to be American as a ban on refugees, especially from the violence of Syria!
    L. Patrick Carroll

  137. Rod,
    Thank you for this strong, clear stance – consistent with our core values. I’m proud to stand with you.

    Ira Byock, MD

  138. I am so very proud to work at Providence where our leaders stand up for those with no voice. Thank you for inspiring us each and every day to care for the poor and vulnerable. You live our mission.

  139. My heart aches for all individuals affected by the seemingly senseless executive order. Thank you, Rod, for stating Providence’s position and our call for solidarity so clearly and compassionately!

  140. Thank you for saying this; it is very much appreciated. In addition to the difficulties this executive order creates for caregivers from these countries, and refugees escaping violence and oppression, there must be many patients who need to travel to the US for medical treatment that they cannot get in their home country, who are now in a state of great confusion and anxiety. I hope Providence will continue to be a clear and strong voice for all the poor and vulnerable.

  141. I am so grateful to you for taking the time to communicate what the vast majority of the people of Providence believe and reassuring our colleagues that we are willing to support them.
    Thank you!

  142. Thank you, Doctor Hochman, for voicing your objection on behalf of us at Providence St. Joseph Health. As the wise saying states “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for Good Men(and Women) to do nothing.”

    • Love your quote, Kathy ~ That is absolutely true! Thank you for sharing.