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Celebrating Global Patient Week

During our second annual Global Patient Week, we honor the journeys of patients by sharing their stories and giving them a voice

October 7, 2021

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We are inspired by the patients we serve each day. During our second annual Global Patient Week (week of October 11), we celebrate the journeys of patients by sharing their stories and giving them a voice.

This means listening to patients’ experiences so we can understand their needs and try to better help them.

“Global Patient Week is a special time to appreciate our patients and their caregivers, and to reflect on the shared purpose that motivates our work,” says Dr. Julie Gerberding, MSD’s chief patient officer and executive vice president, population health & sustainability.

“This year’s theme is compassion. Given the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and its profound social and economic consequences – along with the political strife unfolding in several countries and natural disasters affecting communities around the world – there’s probably never been a time when compassion for each other, and certainly for our patients, has been more critical.”

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"This unique event reinforces the role that everyone at our company can play in achieving our core mission of saving and improving lives around the world."

Dr. Julie Gerberding

Patients, caregivers and advocacy leaders will share their personal experiences and perspectives. As we share these experiences, our goal is to continue to inspire and energize employees to put patients at the center of everything they do every day, no matter their role within the company.

Now more than ever, as we wrestle with the ever-evolving SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, it is crucial to deepen our efforts to give all people access to the quality health care they deserve.

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