Absolutely. We recognize all the ways patients, families and communities differ individually and interpersonally. Understanding diversity involves acknowledging cultural and other differences and traditions by identifying and empathizing with differing beliefs and behaviors. Mary Free Bed uses the strength of these differences to improve services to the community.
We also value diversity among our staff. We recruit employees sharing Mary Free Bed’s organizational values from all areas of the workforce. Hospital leadership fosters an environment that embraces differences by enhancing staff members’ knowledge and experience. Our employees serve all patients, families and one another with dignity and respect. Creativity and sensitivity to individual needs and differences are valued.
Several key organizational initiatives serve to foster and strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our diversity and inclusion steering committee includes members of the senior leadership team. This committee is responsible for ensuring Mary Free Bed fulfills our diversity vision. They do this by overseeing a comprehensive program that uses specific outcome measures to ensure accountability and ongoing evaluation.
Diversity and Inclusion Program components include:
• Organizational education and training
• Minority Scholarship Program
• Minority Vendor Program
• Key organizational services such as interpreter services, recruitment and retention, accessibility planning and employee and patient relations
The steering committee meets regularly with program facilitators and the employee committee to track progress and review outcomes.