Statement in Support of the Refugee Community

The Board of KentuckyOne Health offers the following statement in the context of concerns raised by the recent executive order issued by the President of the United States placing a hold on allowing immigration of refugees and other individuals holding passports or visas from certain countries.

At its roots, KentuckyOne Health was formed from the Jewish and Catholic traditions which hold firmly to the scriptural command to welcome the foreigner as we would one of our own. Indeed, some of our hospitals were founded in part to care for immigrants and refugees who came to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In addition, KentuckyOne and other health care providers across our state have benefited from the talent and contributions of our immigrant and refugee colleagues who now work with us. We remain committed to care for all in need, no matter their immigration status.

We stand with leaders of the Catholic community represented by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and leaders of the Jewish Communities of Louisville and Lexington who have also expressed concern and support for refugees in need of safe haven. Both communities continue their historic work of welcoming those who have fled war and other dangers in their homelands. We are proud to collaborate with them in their ongoing efforts to help refugees find new homes and livelihoods.

The founding ideals of KentuckyOne are joined with those of our nation, which has been a beacon of hope for generations of refugees and immigrants. It is our fervent hope that our national leaders will carefully vet its new policy in light of the ideals that have made us a great and compassionate nation.

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