Novant Health Recognized Nationally for Diversity Programs, Achievement
NC, April 30, 2014 – Novant Health has been named one of the 2014 Top 10
Hospitals and Health Systems in the nation by DiversityInc, the country’s
leading source for advancing and recognizing excellence in diversity
management. Novant Health debuts on this
year’s list at No. 3, joining some of the country’s most prestigious healthcare
systems including Cleveland Clinic (5th) and Mayo Clinic (8th).
A total of 1,215 companies
participated in the 2014 survey in 12 categories. Each organization completed the
300-question survey, divided into four equally weighted areas:
pipeline: workforce breakdown, recruitment, diameter of existing
talent development: employee resource groups, mentoring,
philanthropy, movement, fairness
commitment: accountability for results, personal communications, visibility
diversity: amount spent with companies owned by people from
underrepresented groups, accountability, support
The survey, now in its 15th
year, leads to a detailed, empirically driven ranking.
Diversity initiatives at Novant Health are driven through the
Executive Diversity Council chaired by Carl S. Armato, president and CEO, and a
System Diversity Council chaired by Deborah P. Ashton, PhD, vice president and
chief diversity officer. Armato meets regularly with seven business resource
groups, which focus on community involvement, human resources and marketing.
The groups address health disparities and support the health system’s
concentration on community wellness to promote better patient outcomes.
honor recognizes the exceptional work being accomplished across Novant Health,”
Armato said. “As a core value, diversity permeates our organization. Its
influence is felt in the very fiber of who we are and why we exist.”
“At Novant Health, there
is a strong focus on health equity and ensuring that patients, families,
communities, employees and stakeholders are respected and heard,” said Ashton.
“Diversity is owned from the executive team through each employee to ensure
that our patients’ healthcare experience is remarkable.”
The seven business resource groups, each comprised of employees
and an executive sponsor, are African
American, Hispanic, Women, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender, Asian,
Generational and Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Each group focuses
on addressing the unique needs of their population segment in regard to patient
care, attracting and retaining employees from that segment, community health
and outreach, identification and use of businesses from that segment, and creating a welcoming environment that supports diversity and
inclusion of people from various backgrounds.
The rankings are determined by an objective
methodology as listed above. The empirical data for the rankings is provided by
a 300-question survey filled out by personnel at the participating companies.
Survey participation is free to any company with at least 1,000 U.S. workers.
About Novant Health
Health is a four-state integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient
centers and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare
experience to our communities. The Novant Health network consists of more than
1,200 physicians and 26,000 employees who make healthcare remarkable at nearly
500 locations, including 15 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient
facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., Novant
Health is committed to making healthcare remarkable for our patients and our
communities, serving more than four million patients annually. In 2013, Novant
Health provided more than $566 million in community benefit including charity
care and services. Novant Health is one of the top 25 integrated health systems
in the United States and was named a top 50 “Best Places for Diverse &
Women Managers to Work” by Diversity MBA
more information, please visit our website at NovantHealth.org. More information
about our Diversity programs can be
found on the website. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
DiversityInc’s mission is
to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The
DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001, at the same
time many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of
diversity-management initiatives. The 2014 Top 50 Companies for Diversity
results are featured on DiversityInc.com and in DiversityInc magazine. For more
information, log on to www.diversityinc.com.