Mayo Clinic: No. 8 in The DiversityInc Top10 Hospitals and Health Systems


On the Top 10 Hospitals and Health Systems list for the third year in a row, Mayo Clinic has active senior-management support for its initiatives. CEO Dr. John Noseworthy chairs the executive diversity council, which meets monthly. He meets regularly with resource groups, and personally signs off on diversity metrics. Director of Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Sharonne Hayes reports directly to Dr. Noseworthy and communicates with him weekly.

Mayo has a physician diversity council, and the hospital system has formal succession planning for women, Blacks, Latinos and Asians. There is also a formal physician mentoring program in which half of Mayo’s physicians participate; the hospital’s website lists more than a dozen physician/scientist champions who also teach in the classroom, mentor students and champion diversity in all aspects of education.

There are 14 active employee resource groups at Mayo Clinic; they are open to all employees. Nurses and physicians are particularly active in the two largest groups, the Multicultural Nurses Group and Transcultural Patient Care, a group that provides access to resource and information to assist Mayo Clinic employees in providing culturally competent care to patients.


Dr. John Noseworthy

President and CEO

“Mayo Clinic serves patients from every state and 130 countries. Our goal with each patient is to provide exactly the care that he or she needs. As our patients become more diverse, we are actively building a workforce that reflects that diversity across the organization, from entry-level employees to leaders.”

Dr. Sharonne Hayes

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

“Our drive for health equity is tied to Mayo Clinic’s moral responsibility to provide care to everyone who needs healing. With our primary focus on our patients, we strive to identify and eliminate gaps wherever they may exist. Our patient care, education and research teams work together tirelessly to extend and amplify our mission.”


U.S. Headquarters: Rochester, Minn.

U.S. Employees: 39,917

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