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Northwell rated No. 2 health system for diversity

Northwell employees celebrate Magnet status at North Shore University Hospital.
Northwell employees celebrate Magnet status at North Shore University Hospital.

No. 1 health system in New York State for diversity


Northwell Health has been named one of the nation's top health systems for diversity, ranking second nationally and No. 1 in New York State, according to DiversityInc’s top Hospitals & Health Systems for Diversity list.

New York State's largest health system and employer, Northwell made the list for the seventh straight year, jumping up the rankings from No. 5 a year ago. DiversityInc’s extensive annual survey yields an empirically driven ranking based on talent results in the workforce and management, senior leadership accountability, talent programs, workplace practices, philanthropy and supplier diversity.

“America has gained strength from the generations of immigrants who have assimilated their cultural beliefs and unique skills into the fabric our country,” said Michael J. Dowling, Northwell Health’s president and CEO. “At Northwell, we also believe that our strength as an organization comes from the diversity of our employees and the communities we serve. This recognition is testament to our commitment.”

This is the second such honor in recent months for Northwell Health, which was named a Fortune Best Workplace for Diversity. Northwell ranks 80th on the annual 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity list, a partnership between Fortune and Great Place to Work that measures how well organizations create inclusive cultures for women, different cultural and ethnic communities, the LGBTQIA+ community, older employees and workers with disabilities.

Northwell values are inclusive of all communities it serves

DiversityInc’s recognition reaffirms Northwell’s approach to be representative and inclusive of all the communities the health system and its 68,000 employees serves.

“Receiving this recognition validates Northwell Health’s commitment to integrating the tenets of diversity, inclusion and health equity into our health care delivery model and essential to customizing care to improve health outcomes,” said Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, chief diversity and inclusion officer and senior vice president of the health system’s Center for Equity of Care. “Providing culturally-sensitive healthcare and fostering an inclusive workplace is integral to the partnership with our patients on the journey to improved health and wellness.”

The latest DiversityInc rankings reflect new metrics tied to questions that connect talent programs and workplace practices to desired talent results. The analysis also addressed the intersectionality of race by analyzing women and men representation of each race/ethnicity separately, rather than combined. Northwell health also was ranked in the top 50 employers recognized for fostering an inclusive work place for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The 2019 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies event was held in Manhattan on May 7.

“As a health care organization, we at Northwell health live our values – we are truly ourselves, and in doing so, seek to build trusted partnerships with our diverse patients and communities,” said Michael Wright, Northwell's vice president of diversity and health equity.

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