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Northwell rated nation’s No. 5 health system for diversity


For the sixth consecutive year, Northwell Health has been named one of the nation's top health systems for diversity, placing No. 5 on DiversityInc's latest ranking of Top Hospitals & Health Systems.

New York State's largest health care provider and private employer was recognized for its ongoing efforts to formalize its diversity, inclusion and health equity strategy with a focus on enhancing the health needs of the disparate communities and the patients it serves.

"Northwell Health's strongest asset has always been its diverse workforce," said Joseph Moscola, senior vice president and chief people officer. "Embracing and promoting diversity are hallmarks of our organization and we take great strides in creating an environment of inclusion."

Northwell Health was also named to DiversityInc's 2018 Top Companies for LGBT Employees. This first-time recognition for Northwell is based on a metrics-driven evaluation of performance as well as a company's relationship with both its employees and the greater LGBT community. Only firms with a 100 rating by the Human Rights Campaign's Healthcare Equality Index were considered.

"We are honored to be among DiversityInc's Top Hospitals and Health Systems," said Jennifer Mieres, MD, senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer of the health system's Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity. "Fostering an inclusive workplace in health care is essential in a health care delivery model whereby we establish a partnership with our diverse patients and communities in meeting their health care needs and improving health outcomes."

The Diversity Inc. Top 50 event was held in Manhattan on May 1. Companies were judged based on their performance in key areas of diversity management that include CEO and leadership accountability, talent pipeline, employee development, employee resource groups and supplier diversity.

Northwell was one of only two health systems nationwide named as a top company for LGBT Employees. This cross-industry recognition highlights the health system's commitment to breaking down barriers and offering individualized, compassionate health care to each and every person inclusive of members of our community and team members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

"We are proud of serving the health care needs of our diverse communities and are committed to fostering an environment of dignity, respect and inclusion," said Michael Wright, Northwell's vice president of diversity and health equity.

For more information about the Northwell Health diversity, inclusion and health equity strategy, please contact 516-881-7000.

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About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State's largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, more than 650 outpatient facilities and nearly 15,000 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 66,000 employees – 15,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We're making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit

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