NEMG honors Juneteenth  


Front row (l-r): Ryan O'Connell, MD, vice president, wellness and engagement, NEMG; and Ellen Liquindoli, CPA, vice president, finance, NEMG

Back row (l-r): Jack Lynch, manager, real estate transaction specialists; Lisa Kesselmark, manager, practice operation; Prathibha Varkey, MBBS, president and CEO, NEMG; Leslie Feduik, administrative assistant; and Peter Logue, COO, NEMG

Beginning on June 18, the NEMG Diversity and Inclusion Council sponsored a show of support against racism, by encouraging all clinicians and staff to wear a black ribbon. “We are honoring a request to wear them on June 18 and June 19, or Juneteenth, in commemoration of emancipation at the end of the Civil War,” said Ryan O’Connell, vice president, wellness and engagement, NEMG.

Also on June 18, Prathibha Varkey, MBBS, president and CEO of NEMG moderated a virtual town hall titled “Embracing Diversity and Combating Racism.” Over 500 employees attended to hear personal experiences and perspectives on race, discrimination and bias, and action steps aimed towards improvements. Panelists on the webinar included Kevin Myatt, chief human resources officer, YNHHS; Peter Logue, COO, NEMG; Robert Mitchell, practice operations manager; Alon Ronen, MD; Charles Walcott, DO; and Kristina Lewis, PSA. Click here to view a recording of the event.

“Recent events have sparked serious conversations about racism and bias in our society, and do not just reflect a history of injustice, but an ongoing barrier to many in the black community,” said Charles Walcott, DO. “The discussions we, and many others, are having are important, because they put these serious and uncomfortable issues in the forefront, and provide a forum from which we can continue to work on these issues in our communities, with our patients and in our own lives.”