For a moment, consider these two statements: We are successful because of the people around us. Much of healthcare is local.
Taken separately, these statements make sense. Taken together, however, these statements lose their individual messages in favor of a much stronger one. They highlight the importance that we in healthcare must place on cultural, racial and gender diversity and developing a culturally competent workforce.
The American College of Healthcare Executives firmly believes it has a responsibility to further diversity within our organization and the healthcare management field. We embrace diversity because we believe it is both an ethical and a business imperative that can improve an organizations quality and its services.
The ACHE values and actively promotes diversity in its leaders, affiliates and staff because diverse participation can serve as a catalyst for improved decisionmaking, increased productivity and a competitive advantage. In addition to being the right thing to do, diversity also contributes to an organizations success and improves the overall patient experience.
We also urge all healthcare executives, board members, educators and policymakers to actively strive to increase diversity within the healthcare management ranks, especially in regard to racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The ACHE wants to increase representation of racially and ethnically diverse individuals in healthcare management and create a supportive, collegial environment that encourages membership and advancement within the ACHE itself.
Diversity in the workplace allows organizations to build on their team members differences as well as strengthen the bonds formed with their patients to improve care. It also helps to develop a balanced pool of knowledge and experience.
The ACHE, as a founding member, is committed to collaborating with the Institute for Diversity in Health Management on these issues. To accomplish these goals, executives and boards in all types of healthcare organizations should: