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Rochester Regional Receives Diversity Award

Staff report

Rochester Regional Health received a national award for diversity. Provided by Rochester Regional Health

Rochester Regional Health was recognized nationally for its efforts at diversity.

The health system’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion earned a Top 3 HealthCare Diversity Organizations award from the Healthcare Diversity Council.

The award was announced in July at the organization’s national healthcare diversity, equity and inclusion conference.

It’s the second time this year that RRH has been recognized for diversity.

In May, Deborah Stamps was among 50 people nationwide to receive the Leadership Excellence Award at the DiversityFirst National Diversity and Leadership Conference.

Stamps leads the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office at RRH. She holds the title of executive vice president chief nursing education and diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the health system. Stamps holds a doctorate in education in executive leadership.

The Healthcare Diversity Council commended RRH initiatives to reduce healthcare disparities in underserved communities, recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and implement community conversations about COVID-19.

RRH was nominated by an employee.

According to the National Diversity Council, RRH meets attributes of a top organization by:

  • creating innovative diversity initiatives that foster a more inclusive work environment;
  • contributes to the healthcare industry;
  • participates in or organizes programs that benefit the community;
  • has faculty and staff that have commendable reputations;
  • is committed to ethics and integrity;
  • and seeks to employ individuals from all populations.

The Healthcare Diversity Council promotes an environment of inclusion at at medical institutions nationwide.

Blue California and Christus Health were the only other two nationwide to receive the award.