According to the recent Sullivan U.S. Commission on Diversity in the Health Care Workforce Report, there is a significant under-representation of minorities in the upper ranks of many health care organizations, such as hospitals. For example, some 13 percent of all health care employees in the U.S. are from other countries. However, many are considered to be in non-leadership roles. In addition, the report goes on and states that being part of a multicultural staff with its mixture of nationalities and cultures presents a series of challenges and opportunities. Therefore, a mandate exists for hospital administrators to generate culturally inclusive organizations. As concluded in the same report, diversity paves the way for new innovations in practices and results in better decision-making through a more positive and nurturing environment.
Since leaders in organizations generally have a strong influence on how cultural diversity is enhanced, an important step is to maintain a culturally diverse leadership team. This research here obtains data from two groups of leaders in hospitals: those in senior leadership (president, vice-president, CFO, etc.) and those in lower levels of leadership (mid-management). The hypothesis tested is: There are no significant differences between the perceptions of those hospital administrators in senior levels of leadership and those in mid-management as to their organization’s practices to promote a culturally inclusive workplace
This research is a status study for determining just where we are currently in generating a diverse workforce in health care. In 1995, it was reported that only 1 percent of administrators were minorities. In 2010, this study clarifies exactly where we are after 15 + years, and what practices are now in existence to enhance recruitment, retention, and promotion of minorities to higher levels of leadership, particularly in this instance in hospitals.
|Keywords:||Health Care Diversity, Organizational Diversity, Workplace Diversity, Enhancing Cultural Diversity|
Professor of Leadership, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE, USA
Professor of Educational Leadership, College of Education, Albany State University, Albany, GA, USA
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