WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. ― Novant Health’s board of trustees was one of five boards honored at the second annual NACD NXT™ Recognition Awards and named best in the nation for nonprofits. The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 20,000 corporate board members. The NACD NXT recognition, part of NACD’s NXT initiative, applauds exemplary board-leadership practices that promote greater diversity and inclusion, ultimately fostering long-term value creation.
“We are humbled that Novant Health’s board of trustees was recognized for its prioritization of diversity, inclusion and equity,” said G. Patrick Phillips, chairman of Novant Health’s board of trustees. “Diversity and inclusion are core values for Novant Health and that means a culture change approach that is connected to our organization’s imperatives. It is important to the board of trustees to develop strategies that improve diversity, inclusion and equity for all of our team members, our communities and the patients that entrust us with their healthcare.”
Nominations were evaluated by an independent election committee composed of leading corporate directors and executives. Novant Health won for the nonprofit category and was honored at the NACD NXT Recognition Gala during NACD’s annual Global Board Leaders’ Summit on Sept. 23, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.
“We are proud that Novant Health’s board of trustees was recognized for its prioritization of diversity, inclusion and equity,” said Carl S. Armato, president and chief executive officer for Novant Health. “The board has remained steadfast in support of Novant Health’s commitment to permeating diversity, inclusion and equity as an essential element of our culture.”
Novant Health has a comprehensive, systemwide strategic plan for embedding diversity, inclusion and equity throughout the system. In addition to comprehensive education related to diversity, inclusion and equity, Novant Health has implemented councils and advisory groups that identify, support and monitor diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives.
“We are a mission-driven organization focused on improving the health of our communities and understanding the make-up and needs associated with those communities and the challenges they face,” said Tanya Blackmon, executive vice president and chief diversity, inclusion and equity officer for Novant Health. “Our business resource groups, consisting of team members with diverse backgrounds, and community advisory groups, help us understand and engage with communities and ultimately help us find ways to eliminate healthcare disparities these groups face. With their assistance, we've been able to develop remarkable programs that address the most pressing needs of the communities we serve, particularly among excluded groups.”