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Novant Health UVA Health System Team Member Newsletter

Language and Culture Celebration Day debuts at Prince William Medical Center

Team members had the opportunity to learn more about their colleagues during the inaugural Language and Culture Celebration Day event Aug. 25. The event was held in support of our organizational value of diversity and inclusion, as we recognize that every person is different, each shaped by unique life experiences. This helps us to better understand each other and our patients.

During the event, team members joined a fun activity where they guessed what language(s) their colleagues spoke and learned to say common words like “hello” and “thank you.” Participants were also encouraged to share a unique part of their culture along with their favorite food. Team members from all over participated, representing countries such as Pakistan, Honduras, Bolivia, Guatemala, Canada and the Philippines. They spoke a variety of languages, including Arabic, Urdu, Spanish, Tagalog and French.

Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that Honduras is one of the “five brothers” of Central America? The other brothers are: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Another activity included writing your name using an Arabic calligraphy chart. Fact: Did you know that Arabic is written from right to left?

Overall, the experience served as a great opportunity for participants to mix and mingle while learning customs from around the world. Did you know that the word for “table” is pronounced the same way in the Urdu and Hispanic languages?

We have an invaluable resource in our team members as we strive to deliver a remarkable patient experience, in every dimension, every time. 

A similar event was held Sept. 22, and the next session will be Oct. 27 from noon to 2 p.m. in the private dining room next to the cafeteria at Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center. Please join us!

For more information or to submit suggestions for activities, please contact Halee Whitman or Steven Rice.

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017