Diversity at St. Luke's
St. Luke's Hospital believes that valuing differences is the best way to
achieve optimum performance from a diversified work force.
Acknowledging diversity means empowering employees to perform at their
highest potential. St. Luke's does not and will not discriminate based on age, race,
creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual
orientation, gender identity or veteran status.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee's purpose is to transform our culture to one that is welcoming and inclusive to team members, patients, and families of all backgrounds, and reduces racial inequity and disparities. The DEI Committee is serious about creating a culture of inclusiveness, respect and value for all.
The DEI Committee has five subcommittees focused on different aspects of DEI.
- Community (includes awareness and education): Designed to broaden our diversity through partnering with community groups and bringing awareness within our organization and the Cedar Rapids community.
- Culturally Competent and Responsive Health Care: to ensure we provide the Best Outcome for Every Patient, Every Time regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural background, religious background, physical or mental ability, and English proficiency.
- Employee Resource Groups (ERG): a space for team members who share common interests to support each other. Created for team members to help foster inclusivity in our workplace. Currently there are two groups: one for team members of color and one for LGBTQ team members.
- Human Resources Practices: Reinforcing DEI practices throughout the recruitment, hiring, performance evaluation and ongoing career development processes.
- Youth Mentorship: A mentoring program designed to assist youth of diverse backgrounds in expanding their realm of career possibilities and potential.
Ep. 128 - Medicine: Color, Culture and Equity Pt. 5
Dr. Niyati Sharma, medical director at St. Luke's Wound and Hyperbaric Center, returns to the podcast to discuss being a woman and mom in medicine. Dr. Sharma also talks about her journey growing up in another country and coming to the U.S. to practice medicine and some of the challenges she's faced.
Ep. 118 - Medicine: Color, Culture and Equity Pt. 4
Bonnie Lunsford, RN, BSN, St. Luke's Emergency Department, joins Dr. Arnold to discuss her recent graduate project which identified and looked to improve inconsistencies in care for limited English speaking populations.
Ep. 110 - Medicine: Color, Culture and Equity Pt. 3
Dr. Stephen Pedron, UnityPoint Clinic Maternal Fetal Medicine, returns to the podcast to discuss black maternal health, factors that may contribute to statistically worse outcomes for black mothers and more.
Ep. 95 - Medicine: Color, Culture and Equity Pt. 1
The first installment of our new mini-series, Medicine: Color, Culture and Equity. As we celebrate MLK Day today and look ahead to Black History Month, Marcus Cooper, certified surgical technologist at St. Luke's, joins Dr. Arnold to discuss being black in medicine. The struggles, challenges, successes, role models and more.
A progressive partnership between St. Luke's and the Arc of East Central Iowa
Project SEARCH has been very successful in assisting individuals with disabilities to acquire the skills necessary to become employed. Nearly 80 percent of Project SEARCH participants who complete the program are employed after graduation.
A hospital is an ideal location for Project SEARCH because health care is a growing industry and provides a wide variety of jobs for individuals to explore.
The goal of Project SEARCH is to simulate a true work environment as much as possible. The immersion into the workplace through internships provides a training atmosphere no classroom can replicate. Project SEARCH participants serve in a variety of roles at UnityPoint Health, including:
- Environmental Services
- Patient Transport
- Patient Access
- Patient Communication
- Central Supply
- Food Services
- Human Resources
For additional information about Project SEARCH, please visit the Arc of East Central Iowa website.