First published in the Feb. 11 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
Dignity Health California recently announced that it has been recognized as one of “America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity 2023” by Newsweek and Plant-A Insights Group.
Dignity Health is a part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit health system committed to advancing health for all people and is dedicated to serving the common good. Newsweek and market data research firm Plant-A Insights looked at 1,000 companies and based their scores on publicly available data, interviews with HR professionals and an anonymous online survey of a diverse pool of employees at companies with 1,000 or more employees in the U.S. Respondents were asked questions about corporate culture, working environment and other subjects at both their own companies and others they were familiar with. The survey yielded more than 350,000 company reviews.
“We are honored that Newsweek has recognized our efforts to create a health care system that fosters belonging, respect and value for everyone who enters our doors,” said President/CEO Julie Sprengel of CommonSpirit Health Southern California Division. “It’s important that our physicians and staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, as we believe it builds trust among our patients, which leads to improved outcomes.”
In total, the two CommonSpirit Health California divisions represented in this ranking employ nearly 43,000 individuals that work across different healthcare settings from community hospitals, urgent care clinics to surgery and imaging centers. The communities represented cover highly populated metropolitan areas like San Francisco and Los Angeles to smaller, suburban communities such as the cities of Woodland and Camarillo.
“California consistently ranks as one of the most diverse states in the country and we’re proud to have made concerted efforts to mirror that diversity within our workforce,” said Interim President/CEO Shelly Schorer of CommonSpirit Health Northern California Division. “It’s motivating to hear of this distinction as it comes on the heels of years of important work — from our launch of medical residency initiatives that expand opportunities for Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) to being recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index — we are encouraged now more than ever to continue these ongoing advancements.”
In the development of this list, Newsweek aimed to better inform the public of employers who are truly dedicated to Diversity.
“With the word ‘diversity’ attracting so much attention from companies; however, it can be tough for job applicants, customers and potential business partners to tell who is serious about supporting a diverse workforce,” said Global Editor-in-Chief Nancy Cooper of Newsweek.
Newsweek grouped the winning companies by six main economic sectors and 34 industries. The top scoring companies are themselves a diverse list spanning different kinds of businesses.
To view the full list, visit newsweek.com/rankings/americas-greatest-workplaces-2023-diversity.