Steven M. Safyer, MD
Letter to the Montefiore Community
January 30, 2017
We are in the midst of a challenging time. The ideals upon which our nation was built are being questioned. We have achieved greatness as a country in part due to the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of generations of immigrants. The Bronx has always welcomed immigrants. My grandparents settled in the Bronx from Poland escaping persecution and found a community that embraced them in a country that gave them an opportunity to build a new life.
As an institution, Montefiore was founded on our commitment to healthcare as a basic human right, and we continue to live our values of humanity, innovation, teamwork, diversity and equity. We are proud of our decades-long work transforming healthcare to make it more effective, more comprehensive and more accessible for all.
Montefiore will not waiver on our commitment to our principles; we will continue to stay true to our values in support of our patients, associates, students, trainees and community:
- We will not provide information about the immigration status of our patients, students, or employees, without appropriate legal proceedings.
- We will not contact or question anyone on the basis of immigration status or to discover their immigration status, except as legally required.
- We will treat all applications to our medical school or graduate programs equally regardless of immigration status.
- We intend to continue financial aid and other support to students, regardless of their immigration status in the event the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) policy is substantially or completely curtailed.
Last weekend, many of you marched in New York City, Washington, D.C. and other cities in the Women's March in support of human rights, dignity and social justice. Today, medical students throughout the City and State, including our own Einstein students, have been demonstrating in protest of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The entire Montefiore-Einstein community stood in solidarity with the student demonstrators.
Our voices matter; we must continue to defend our values and our mission.
Steven M. Safyer, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer