|From the Well4Life Blog|
For Immediate Release: November 9, 2015
Nearly 200 students, healthcare workers, and community members attended AtlantiCare’s fourth annual Diversity and Inclusion Event, held Monday October 26 at Stockton University.
Physician, author and speaker Sampson Davis, M.D., shared his inspirational story of growing up in Newark, NJ and his journey to becoming an Emergency Medicine physician. “I never planned on being a doctor,” he said. Diversity is important, he added: “The world is a better place when we broaden our horizons and open our minds. You can’t aim for what you don’t see.”
Davis discussed the importance of community and of setting positive examples for young people, and encouraged his audience to embrace education.
The event was hosted by AtlantiCare’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), which help support the mission of the Diversity & Inclusion Council by educating staff about the culture/community; celebrating community/ cultural holidays and events; representing AtlantiCare at community/cultural events; enhancing recruitment efforts; and identifying top health concerns and developing ideas for addressing these concerns.
Together, AtlantiCare’s ERGs made donations totaling more than $3,000 to community groups that further the goals of AtlantiCare’s Diversity and Disparities Council. Organizations included
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Atlantic and Cape May Counties; Covenant House of Atlantic City; Literacy Volunteers Association Cape Atlantic, Inc,; The Corporal Nicholas S. Ott Memorial Fund, which supports the community through scholarships, grants and special needs assistance; and Ranch Hope in support of their Atlantic County services. AtlantiCare Latinos Moving Ahead (ALMA) presented a $500 scholarship to Atlantic Cape Community College student Giana Gensollen, who is pursuing education in the healthcare field.
Christine Guzman, health educator with AtlantiCare Heathy Schools, Healthy Children, was recognized as the third annual AtlantiCare Diversity Award recipient for bridging the gap in diversity through her outstanding work in the community, including with the Hammonton Puerto Rican Civic Association; volunteering with Literacy Volunteers Association; and serving on the board of the Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County.
About AtlantiCare’s Diversity & Inclusion Council
AtlantiCare’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, which includes physicians, staff and leadership from throughout AtlantiCare, established employee resource groups (ERGs). The ERGs help support the mission of the Diversity & Inclusion Council by educating staff about the culture/community; celebrating community/cultural holidays and events; representing AtlantiCare at community/cultural events; enhancing recruitment efforts; and identifying top health concerns and developing ideas for addressing these concerns. AtlantiCare ERG groups include African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Disabilities, Hispanic Americans, Interfaith, LGBT, Military, and Women.
Through the work of its LGBT Employee Resource Group, AtlantiCare has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) report in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The HEI is an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization.
AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,400 employees and more than 700 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.