Newswise — Nationwide Children’s Hospital earned a spot as a (BDO) 2018 Top Hospital For Diversity.

“This recognition serves as an external validation of our efforts to achieve the highest standards of inclusiveness and create a culture that respects individual differences in diverse teams where every person is vital to improving children’s lives everywhere,” said Olivia W. Thomas, MD, Chief Diversity and Health Equity Officer at Nationwide Children's Hospital.  “We strive to treat all staff, physicians, patients, and families equitably and hold ourselves accountable to create an environment that fosters diversity and inclusion to maximize best outcomes.”

Featured hospitals represent all regions of the United States. Each hospital on this distinguished list delivers quality care at the highest level, while promoting equity and inclusion in their operations, programs services and staffing. Nationwide Children’s is joined by world-renowned institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic and Cedars-Sinai.

In highlighting the significance of the top hospitals list, BDO CEO Reginald Ware exclaims, "Our 30 million plus audience places a great importance upon cultural competency and sensitivity when it comes to the entire healthcare delivery system. Our users have expressed a strong desire for us to point them in the right direction to providers and companies who excel in these areas. Organizations who are working hard to see that everyone is treated fairly, regardless of race or creed, are highlighted here. This important list is our means of recognizing the best institutions, while also paying homage to those values.”

Among the determining critical areas of assessment that led to this distinction by BDO experts, executives and editors are:

  • Recognition of the institution among and by other leading hospitals
  • Commitment to the American Hospital Association's Equity of Care Pledge
  • Recognized delivery of quality healthcare services
  • Inclusive and diverse clinical and administrative staff
  • Persons of color and women represented at the highest levels-including the board of directors

  and senior-level executives

  • Culturally competent medical and professional staff
  • Significant investment and profile in community health programs and initiatives now features the 2018 list on its website and its social media platform reaching 30 million people. In addition, a commemorative 2018 Top Hospitals for Diversity ebook has been produced and will be distributed to 750,000 people nationwide and positioned on the (BDO) website for easy and quick downloads

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