Archived: Video: New Mount Sinai Health System Remains Committed to Diversity

As of Oct. 1, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners combined into the Mount Sinai Health System, serving an extremely diverse patient population that will have 2.6 million annual outpatient visits and 177,000 annual in-patient admissions.

While the details of the merger remain to be worked out, diversity is likely to be at the top of the agenda given the system’s location: New York City is the second most diverse metro area in the U.S., with a population that is 39 percent white, 28 percent Latino, 19 percent Black and 12 percent Asian.

As Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1998, Dr. Gary Butts has seen a gradually growing understanding of diversity and cultural competence as drivers of patient outcomes. He’s optimistic that the merger, including one of DiversityInc’s 2013 Top 10 Hospital Systems, will only increase the commitment to diversity.

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