Oakwood first healthcare system in state to receive diversity award

The Oakwood Healthcare System Diversity Council was named as one of the top 25 Diversity Councils in the nation recently by the Association of Diversity Councils (ADC), a national organization. It is the first healthcare system in Michigan to receive the award.

Serving a population of about one million people throughout a 500-square-mile area, The Oakwood Healthcare System (OHS) has long recognized the importance of promoting diversity among its workforce and for promoting cultural competence throughout the organization to better serve southeastern Michigan.

This is the third year that the ADC will give out the Diversity Council Honors Award, designed to honor the outstanding contributions and achievements of diversity council groups that lead diversity processes in organizations and demonstrate results in their workforce, workplace and marketplace.

“Diversity is an essential component of our work here at Oakwood,” said Barb Medvec, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for OHS; she also is the executive sponsor of the Diversity Council. “It’s essential to be connected to the community.”

For more about the efforts to promote diversity at Oakwood, click here.