“It is a unique dynamic for sure,” says Johanna Mercier, Head of U.S. and Large Markets, Worldwide Commercial at Bristol-Myers Squibb. “It can be overwhelming for our colleagues who keep patients at the center of everything they do in their professional lives to learn that they too are fighting an illness.”
Around the globe, more than 24,000 Bristol-Myers Squibb employees carry out the company’s mission to help discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.
Having a personal experience with disease can often be very motivating for colleagues and serve to strengthen their commitment to helping to improve the health of others. In some cases, it’s even inspired individuals to apply for jobs at Bristol-Myers Squibb so they can focus their careers on finding new treatment options for unmet medical needs.
This year as part of Global Patient Week, Mercier wanted to recognize the company’s employee patients as part of a celebration hosted at the U.S. Commercial organization’s Princeton Pike headquarters in Lawrence Township, N.J.
“We want them to know they are family and that they are supported,” Mercier said. “We are all working together for patients, and sometimes that means co-workers.”