Ochsner Health among America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity in 2023 by Newsweek

Ochsner Health has been named one of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity in 2023 by Newsweek. Ochsner earned 4.5 out of 5 stars on a score list of 1,000 companies most respected and valued by a wide variety of people. The 2023 list of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity will be published in the Newsweek print issue on January 27.

“We are pleased that Newsweek has recognized the work being done at Ochsner as a more diverse and inclusive employer,” said Deborah Grimes, System Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Ochsner Health. “Our strategic plan is led by a vision of celebrating the uniqueness of all people with a special focus on inclusion – it is one of our core values. As Louisiana’s largest health care system, we need to be culturally aware provide equitable care, and our employees represent the communities we serve.

To determine the most diverse workplaces, Newsweek based its scoring on a review of publicly available data, interviews with HR professionals and an anonymous online survey of a diverse pool of employees at companies with 1,000 or more employees in the US. This independent study was conducted in collaboration. With market data research firm Plant-A Insights Group. Respondents were asked questions about corporate culture, work environment, and other topics in their own companies and other people they were familiar with. The survey captured over 350,000 company reviews.

“At Ochsner Health, we believe that teamwork and our diversity make us stronger. We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment where employees and patients feel that their unique experiences and perspectives are respected and valued,” “Over time we have established best practices and programs that embrace diversity and inclusion throughout our system as we work together to transform and save lives,” said Tracy Schiro, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Oceaner. Let’s work.”

Some of the diversity initiatives underway at Ochsner:

A Chief Diversity Officer whose role is focused on developing policies and practices that promote a focus on diversity and inclusion matters, including recruitment, retention, workforce planning and career development.
A team of diversity and inclusion leaders who work closely with local and system-level Ochsner leaders to foster a supportive environment connecting and aligning those teams with Ochsner’s system-wide efforts.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) councils represent employees in every sector and in key roles.
To support the needs of each individual on the Ochsner team, resource groups represent key interests throughout the organization. Ochsner Resource Groups are voluntary, employee-led groups that focus on patient experience, community outreach, mentoring, recruitment and education. Each group is open to all Ochsner employees, regardless of their identity.
Ochsner strives to build a diverse leadership team and create an inclusive environment for employees, families and patients, partners with the community and engages Ochsner’s supply chain partners in its diversity and inclusion work.
Ochsner offers workforce training programs to help the unemployed and underemployed find meaningful careers in healthcare.
Ochsner works within and across communities to emphasize the need to reduce inequitable health outcomes and improve health care equity for all Ochsner patients.

Ochsner employees are encouraged to embrace the value of inclusion with the understanding that it creates synergy between people, cultures and structures to celebrate individual uniqueness. This leads to better collaboration – which ultimately empowers the Ochsner team to drive innovation and outstanding results.

“Our number one priority at Ochsner Health — always — is our patients,” Grimes said. “And in order to do our best to serve our patients, we have to invest in the well-being of our workforce. Diversity and inclusion are essential to that process because when we feel supported — when we are able to provide a fair and nurturing and Kind acts happen in an environment – so we are inspired to do our best.

For more information about diversity and inclusion at Ochsner, visit Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Ochsner Health.

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