Western Florida - Fall 2016 (Plain Text Version)
In this issue:
Message from the President
Diversity is Part of the Cure
The Western Florida Chapter (WFC), as an officially designated chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), adopted the below Statement on Diversity in 2012, as part of its guiding principles and values. Following the lead of the ACHE leadership, the WFC is proud to educate on the value of diversity and support embracing inclusion within the chapter structure and the healthcare community in which we serve. Our statement is below:
Statement on Diversity & Inclusion
The Western Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) embraces diversity within the healthcare management field and recognizes that priority as both an ethical and business imperative. The Western Florida Chapter of ACHE values diversity, and initiatives that promote diversity, because they can improve the quality of the organization’s workforce. The Western Florida Chapter also values and actively promotes diversity in its leaders and members because diverse participation can serve as a catalyst for improved decision making, increased productivity, and a competitive advantage. Further, the Western Florida Chapter works to foster an inclusive environment that recognizes the contributions and supports the advancement of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability because an inclusive environment can enhance the quality of healthcare, improve hospital/community relations, and positively affect the health status of society. This priority is reflected in the Chapter’s various activities and initiatives.
Therefore, to continue to strengthen our efforts around diversity & inclusion initiatives, the Chapter offered its first all-day educational and networking event solely focused on diversity education.
On Friday, October 7th, the Western Florida Chapter held its first Leadership Summit. The event topic was focused on diversity and inclusion. Many attendees braved the difficult weather produced by nearby Hurricane Matthew to join this event and discussion. Panels led the dialogue on navigating cultural and language challenges within patient populations, and embracing the inclusion of the LGBT population in both employee and community groups. The event promoted a heightened sense of awareness of the journeys these populations experience in healthcare and created an environment of understanding and collaboration. Additionally, the Chapter was very pleased to welcome two keynote speakers. Tomás León, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Diversity in Healthcare, an American Hospital Association affiliate has presented nationally and is leading initiatives like the “123forEquity” pledge and call to action. He was joined by Timothy Rodden, the Director of Pastoral Services at Cristiana Care in Delaware. Mr. Rodden shared information on programs that have created a successful approach to the LGBT population within their healthcare system, including showcasing poignant educational videos that addressed breaking down barriers and creating a culture of valuing differences.
On behalf of the Western Florida Chapter Board of Directors, and in taking the lead from the American College of Healthcare Executives, we thank you all for your dedication to creating opportunities for diverse healthcare leadership and ensuring continued inclusion of all populations to ensure high quality patient care at all levels in your organizations. We invite you to remain an active participant and thought-leader, as we aim to continue the conversation with future educational opportunities.
Kelly Batista, President
Western Florida Chapter