U.S. Headquarters: Great Neck, N.Y.
Why It’s on the List
Appearing on the Hospital Systems list for the first time, North Shore–LIJ Health System has an increasing commitment to effective diversity management through resource groups and culturally competent patient care.
The progress under Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Jennifer Mieres is evident in its human-capital results. For example, the hospital has 58 percent more women in its second level of management than the DiversityInc Top 50 average.
Dr. Mieres reports directly to President and CEO Michael Dowling, who chairs the Executive Diversity Council.
The health system has excellent outreach to the LGBT community and has made hiring of veterans a priority.
North Shore–LIJ has two resource groups and plans to start more. The groups have senior-executive sponsors and are used for talent development, recruiting and on-boarding, community outreach, mentoring, and to assist in diversity-training initiatives.
The health system also has an excellent supplier-diversity program, with 12.8 percent of Tier 1 (direct contractor) procurement going to minority-owned vendors. Supplier-diversity initiatives are integrated into overall business-plan goals, and metrics are reported to senior leadership.