We came to this university to learn how to practice the best medicine in the world. We know that the mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine is "to improve the health of the community and the world," and we embrace this commitment to making Baltimore better. We also believe that good jobs paying living wages are essential for people to realize their full health potential. Though we are neither union negotiators nor experts in this hospital's finances, we believe that Hopkins should be able to afford to pay its employees a higher wage to lift them out of poverty and enrich our Baltimore community. We strongly urge Hopkins Hospital President Ronald R. Peterson to negotiate with SEIU 1199 to end poverty wages at the Johns Hopkins Hospital now.