MedStar Health, which is headquartered in nearby Columbia and has multiple urgent care facilities in Montgomery Countyas well as a hospital in Olney, has been named one of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity and Greatest Workplaces for Women 2023 by Newsweek and Plant-A Insights Group. The recognition is part of a larger effort to identify the nation’s best workplaces for not only promoting diversity and empowering women, but also supporting veterans, job starters, LGBTQ associates, and more.
To determine the Greatest Workplaces, Newsweek and Plant-A conducted a large-scale study of U.S. employers based on hundreds of thousands of company reviews, associate interviews, as well as publicly available information. Newsweek says that interviewed associates gave MedStar Health particularly high scores for encouraging diversity in the workplace, respecting female associates, and respecting LGBTQ associates. MedStar Health represents one of the only healthcare organizations in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region to be awarded the highest possible five-star rating for diversity. MedStar Health received a rating of four stars out of five for its emphasis on supporting women.
“MedStar Health is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where all of our associates of all races, ethnicities, and genders feel a sense of belonging and accomplishment,” says Sandy Harris, vice president, Equity, Inclusion & Diversity. “Through associate engagement, education, training programs, a comprehensive system wide governance structure, and more, we continue to build upon our commitment to nurturing a vibrant associate community that is grounded in equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are honored to be nationally recognized for those efforts, and proud to be named as one of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity and Women 2023.”
“Diversity and female empowerment are core components of our culture that are championed at every level or our organization,” said MedStar Health President and CEO, Kenneth A. Samet. “As a healthcare leader, a workforce that reflects our communities is essential to delivering equitable care to our patients, improving the health of our communities, and advancing the healthcare industry overall. I’m so proud of the bold steps we continue to take to address these complex and evolving issues head-on to help build a fairer and healthier world for everyone we serve.”
MedStar Health’s strategic plan for equity, inclusion, and diversity aims to improve the organization’s employment practices, workplace culture, community engagement, clinical care, and financial health. A recent initiative includes outreach to associates systemwide to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity by educating associates. A 33-person steering committee kickstarted this effort as 15 Equity Councils were established at MedStar Health locations across the region to nurture engagement and address common challenges. Newly launched virtual trainings continue to educate associates about the foundations of equity, inclusion, and diversity. Resources are also offered year-round to help associates meaningfully observe heritage and awareness months together.
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