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Honoring Juneteenth

Juneteenth 2020 LifeBridge Health

Juneteenth, June 19, marks the date to commemorate the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in Texas in 1865. On this date, Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that stated all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them more than two years earlier, and the Civil War had ended with the defeat of the Confederate states, Texas was the most remote of the slave states, with a low presence of Union troops, so enforcement had been inconsistent.

Juneteenth again became significant in the postwar era during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and 70s, with a focus on African American freedom and arts. Today, Juneteenth is celebrated in most major cities across the United States and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in Maryland and 47 of the 50 United States. This year, Juneteenth will be observed as we continue to see protests in many cities throughout the country, responding to the senseless deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta and many others.

It is understandable that frustrations want to be expressed, stories want to be told and experiences want to be shared. LifeBridge Health fully supports our team members sharing their own stories and experiences. If you are willing to share yours, please send it to

Additionally, LifeBridge Health’s Diversity Council is pleased to announce the launch of a new African American Heritage Employee Resource Group. Our aspiration is to provide a forum and resources for team members to network, develop professionally and become more involved in the communities in which we serve. For anyone interested in participating in the initial planning meeting, please contact Richard Finger, diversity council chair, by emailing

Lastly, we encourage our team members to engage in open dialogue to listen, learn and understand what your colleagues may be feeling and experiencing. To assist with such discussions, we recommend reviewing The 8 R’s of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations.

We are proud to say LifeBridge Health is a safe place for open dialogue on the toughest of topics that impact us, both at work and outside of work. We CARE BRAVELY for each other by standing together and against racism, violence, inequality and discrimination of any kind.


Neil Meltzer
President and CEO,
LifeBridge Health
Leslie Simmons
Executive Vice President
and Chief Operating Officer,
LifeBridge Health
Dave Krajewski
Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer,
LifeBridge Health President, LifeBridge Health Partners
Daniel Blum
President, Sinai Hospital and Grace Medical Center
Senior Vice President, LifeBridge Health
Craig Carmichael
President, Northwest Hospital
Senior Vice President, LifeBridge Health
Deborah Graves
President, Levindale
Senior Vice President, LifeBridge Health
Garrett Hoover
President, Carroll Hospital
Senior Vice President, LifeBridge Health
Rebecca Altman
Vice President, Sinai Hospital and Grace Medical Center
Chief Integration Officer, LifeBridge Health
Lisa Whaley
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, LifeBridge Health

and the LifeBridge Health Diversity Council.