GREAT NECK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System has been recognized as 2015 Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems for Diversity by DiversityInc. For the past two years, North Shore-LIJ ranked number nine on the DiversityInc Top 10 Hospitals and Health System list. DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” recognition is based on performance in key areas of diversity management that include CEO and leadership commitment; talent pipeline; development; employee resource groups; and supplier diversity.
Five years ago, North Shore-LIJ formalized its diversity, inclusion and health literacy strategy with a focus on enhancing the health needs of the diverse communities served. Advancing cultural and linguistic competence and promoting effective health care communication are key components of the health system’s mission to provide excellent patient-centered care and eliminate health disparities.
North Shore-LIJ is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse and skilled workforce through its Business Employee Resource Group programs such as Veterans and Allies: Liaisons for Reintegration (VALOR), which allows veterans, their families and those interested in veterans affairs to share information and it also provides mentorship opportunities for new veteran employees. In addition to services for veterans, North Shore-LIJ promotes diversity and inclusion in its education initiatives, community partnerships, policies and hiring practices.
“A customized delivery of healthcare incorporating cultural competency is integral to our clinical environment to meet our patients’ social, cultural and linguistic needs,” said Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s chief diversity and inclusion officer.
With 19 hospitals in Westchester, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens and Long Island, North Shore-LIJ serves many diverse populations in the New York metropolitan area.
“As the health system continues to expand, diversity, inclusion and cultural competency are critical components of our mission to provide quality, patient-centered care,” said Barbara Felker, MS, MDiv, vice president of diversity and community engagement.
For more information about North Shore-LIJ’s office of diversity, inclusion and health literacy, please see the 2015 DIHL Inaugural Report or call 516-881-7000.