Wellstar Named National Leader in Diversity in Healthcare | Archives
Wellstar Health System, one of Georgia’s largest and most integrated healthcare systems, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 10 Organizations for Diversity of 2021 across the country. Wellstar is the only healthcare system in Georgia included in the inaugural list and was honored for demonstrating its commitment to a diverse workforce, including leadership roles.
“Healthcare organizations broadly promote their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts when they are first announced. But it’s more important to track success and ensure that these initiatives produce the long-term results expected by the businesses and the communities they serve. This year, we have increased the pace of our diversity recognition program and expanded eligibility to include businesses as a whole, as well as individuals, ”said Aurora Aguilar, editor-in-chief of Modern Healthcare. “The 2021 Top Diversity Leaders class leads the pack in the healthcare industry. These are the people and companies who exemplify the “way forward”.
This is the inaugural year of Modern Healthcare’s Top Organizations for Diversity Awards, which recognize healthcare companies that “enhance the diversity of their workforce” at all levels.
“Wellstar is committed to fostering an inclusive culture and workforce that reflects the communities we serve and celebrates our diversity,” said Candice L. Saunders, President and CEO, Wellstar Health System. “Some of our greatest impacts are a direct result of the diversity of our employees: the incredible talent we attract, the daily contributions of our team members, the positive effects we create in our communities and the programs, resources and initiatives. that we are implementing. as a leading healthcare provider. Being recognized as one of the Top Ten Modern Healthcare Organizations for Diversity honors not only what we do, but who we are. “
Inclusion has a positive impact
Wellstar has a long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. In
2020, Wellstar officially launched the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council to identify opportunities for growth and positive change for its communities, patients and team members. The Board holds regular listening sessions to ensure that the voices of team members across the organization are heard and reflected in a connected cycle of feedback across the system. Every Wellstar facility and service is represented in Wellstar’s diversity efforts.
Nurturing a diverse workplace that reflects its communities, approximately 81% of Wellstar employees are women, and just over half (51%) of the workforce is made up of minorities. When it comes to ascension, 47% of Wellstar executives and 77% of frontline managers are women, while minority executives make up 21% of the workforce, with minorities in 38% of positions. frontline management.
Wellstar believes that everyone should have access to safe, high-quality health care and offers inclusive medical services throughout their system. In 2019, Wellstar opened a family practice offering specialized health services to people who identify as LGBTQ +. Additionally, physicians are trained to talk about specific issues that the LGBTQ + community may face and support patients through gender-affirming care transition goals. Wellstar also employs native language interpreters across the system to serve patients and their families, including a team of full-time Spanish interpreters, a Mandarin Chinese interpreter, as well as full-time certified American Sign Language interpreters. at the national level to support the deaf and hard of hearing. hearing-impaired patients and their families.
Health system recognized as employer of choice and defender of diversity
Wellstar is regularly recognized for its excellence in diversity, including awards from Diversity Magazine MBA, Diversity Best Practices, Working Mother / Working Father, and National Association for Executive Women (NAFE), among others. Wellstar recently received two awards of excellence, including Great Place to Work® and 2021 PEOPLE Companies that Care® from PEOPLE magazine, and 2021 Healthiest Employers 2021 from the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Wellstar has been recognized for its outstanding efforts in diversity and named in “Best Companies to Work for” and “Best Workplaces for Diversity”.