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Virginia Mason Supports Diversity & Inclusion Pledge for Workplace Improvement
SEATTLE – (July 19, 2018) – Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, has joined more than 400 executives across the nation in signing the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge to advance cultural and ideological diversity in workplaces.
Aims of the pledge align with goals and ideals of Virginia Mason’s Respect for People initiative.
“We understand that respect for people must be shown every day, at all levels of the organization, for us to succeed in providing the very best health care and a perfect patient experience,” Dr. Kaplan said.
“It is unconscionable that any of our team members or patients would ever feel disrespected because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability status, veteran status or other aspect of diversity,” he added.
The national pledge seeks to develop workplaces in which complex conversations about diversity and inclusion can occur respectfully; provide employees education in recognizing and overcoming unconscious bias; and share best practices designed to cultivate environments where all ideas are welcomed and employees feel empowered to talk about diversity and inclusion.
“Respect for others is woven into the fabric of our organization’s values of teamwork, integrity, excellence and service,” Dr. Kaplan said. “To have effective teamwork or consistently achieve excellence, it is imperative that we treat each other with kindness, courtesy and respect.”
The pledge was created by CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, a group formed in June 2017 and led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from companies such as Accenture, The Executive Leadership Council, and Proctor & Gamble.
“Let’s come together to make good on the inherent promise that all of our people should be able to bring their best selves to work and unleash their full potential,” the pledge states. “By working together toward diversity and inclusion within our workplaces, industries, and broader business community, we can cultivate meaningful change for our society.”
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency.
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