|Healthcare Leadership Summit: “Diversity as Part of the Cure”|
Lee Memorial Health System and Hodges University
were sponsors of the Western Florida Chapter of the American College
of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Leadership Summit held on
Friday, Oct. 7, at Hodges University in Fort Myers. ‘Diversity as Part of the Cure’ brought together
some of the brightest minds and most credible professionals
across the U.S. to discuss in great depth the importance
of diversity in all aspects of the healthcare profession.
“Diversity takes into account the
very human social characteristics that impact
individuals’ values, perceptions, experiences and beliefs.
By embracing all aspects of diversity, communication, and
understanding, trust is enhanced, which leads to better outcomes”
explains Yemisi Oloruntola-Coates, system manager of
Diversity & Language Services for Lee Memorial Health
System and program committee member of the 2016 ACHE
leadership summit. ”Diversity as part of healthcare
is about incorporating cultural competence in association
with a plan of care.”
Checking a patient’s weight, blood
pressure and other vitals is important, but it’s also important
for healthcare professionals to check cultural understanding,
communication and engagement with patients - each a crucial
component of healthcare. By focusing on enriching and enhancing
our interactions with patients, employees, and the community,
health care professionals can ensure that the patient experience
is a memorable one.
Just as healthcare is a very dynamic and ever
changing industry, the U.S. is also changing and becoming more diverse.
There are many things that need to be incorporated into caring for
the people of this community both inside and outside of hospitals and
physician offices, emphasizing cultural competence in clinical practice.
When we speak of diversity most people think in terms of race,
ethnicity and language, but there are other aspects to consider that
can also involve cultural differences, disability, religion, sexual
orientation, gender identity and more.
Two keynote speakers were featured during the
- Tomas Leon, President of the Institute of Diversity
presented the recent enactment of the Affordable Care Act 1557 and
- Tim Rodden, Director of Pastoral Care at Christiana
Care Health System presented on the LGBTQ community and how to
create an inclusive environment
Panel topics such as “Cultural
and Language Challenges of Diverse Patient Populations” and“Fostering Inclusion of LGBT Patients and Employees”
supplemented the agenda with additional discussions.