Diversity and Inclusion
At Mercy Health, diversity and inclusion are fundamental values. These ideas are part of how we live our Mission and achieve our vision of being a health care ministry where all associates want to work, clinicians want to practice, where people seek wellness and communities thrive. You can join our team and discover what it means to have diversity and inclusion at the core of our ministry.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Philosophy
We have worked hard to make sure that all people can find respect and be treated with dignity at Mercy Health. Diversity and inclusion are not simply words for us, it is who we are and what we do as a network. Together, we have built a culture that is vibrant, understanding and a fully realized part of our Mission. Our culture is an intuitive result of our network-wide understanding of what diversity and inclusion mean to us as people and within our Mission.
In our shared language, diversity is the existence of the gifts, talents, and attributes of people, processes, and functions, characterized by both differences and similarities. Meanwhile, inclusion is creating and fostering a trusting environment in which all are included, respected, and supported to be engaged in the acceleration of our Mission, values and vision.
How We Foster a Diverse Culture
Diversity and inclusion play an essential part in everything we do, both internally through our resource groups and externally through our community partnerships and outreach programs. Through this delicate balance, we’ve achieved a diverse and inclusive award-winning workplace.
Ministry Resource Groups
To help support all our associates at Mercy Health, we are rolling out several Ministry Resource Groups. The groups that will launch in 2020 include:
- Able – support for our associates with disabilities
- Emerging Leaders – a specific leadership development group for all ages
- One Voice: United in Excellence – a system-wide network for all our nurses
- Pride – support for all our LGBTQIA+ associates
- Stars and Stripes – for our Veteran colleagues
An award-winning ministry
Our network has been recognized multiple times by local and national organizations. This year, we’re proud to be named one of Gallup’s Great Workplaces for 2019 – this is the 8th time Bon Secours Mercy Health has been part of this esteemed list.
Additionally, we were ranked as one of the Top 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America. In 2019, we received Gold Level recognition from the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles and the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index.
In 2018, we were nationally listed as a Top 10 Hospital and Health System by DiversityInc and named one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.
Diversity in our community
At Mercy Health, we are focused on the diversity of those we serve. We partner with local organizations to build relationships with and help support our communities. Throughout our network we host outreach programs like free screenings and informational seminars to make sure the most vulnerable among us get the care they need.
Our diversity-focused professional events not only help keep our programs relevant and growing, these help our associates as well. Mercy Heath has hosted several diversity meetings and summits where professionals from around the country come to speak and learn about how diversity and inclusion plays a key role in our work. We also host programs like our Leadership Development Institute that focus on helping segments of our associates advance and thrive.
Leading the Way With Compassion
Focusing on diversity and inclusion is a drive that has always been part of our leadership vision. At every level, our team at Mercy Heath is driven to make sure our initiatives and strategies are respectful to all. A big part of how we have accomplished our diversity and inclusion goals are through our leadership councils. In every market, a unique group of individuals develops, implements and leads strategic plans that work with five priority areas – workforce, workplace, marketplace, patient experience and community. These councils have helped us adapt a network-wide strategy specific to local markets.
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