Lee Memorial Healthcare Leadership Summit: “Diversity as Part of the Cure”

Lee Memorial Health System and Hodges University are sponsors of the Western Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Leadership Summit to be held on Friday, Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Hodges University, 4501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. ‘Diversity as Part of the Cure’ brings together some of the brightest minds and most credible professionals across the U.S. to discuss in great depth the importance of diversity in all aspects of the health care profession.

“Diversity takes into account the very human social characteristics that impact individuals’ values, perceptions, experiences and beliefs. By embracing all aspects of diversity, communication, and understanding, trust is enhanced, which leads to better outcomes’” explains Yemisi Oloruntola-Coates, system manager of Diversity & Language Services for Lee Memorial Health System and program committee member of the 2016 ACHE leadership summit.  ”Diversity as part of health care is about incorporating cultural competence in association with a plan of care.”

Checking a patient’s weight, blood pressure and other vitals is important, but it’s also important for health care professionals to check cultural understanding, communication  and engagement with patients – each a crucial component of health care. By focusing on enriching and enhancing our interactions with patients, employees, and the community, health care professionals can ensure that the patient experience is a memorable one.

Just as health care is a very dynamic and ever changing industry, the U.S. is also changing and becoming more diverse. There are many things that need to be incorporated into caring for the people of this community both inside and outside of hospitals and physician offices, emphasizing cultural competence in clinical practice. When we speak of diversity most people think in terms of race, ethnicity and language, but there are other aspects to consider that can also involve cultural differences, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and more.

Two keynote speakers will be featured during the summit: Tomas Leon, President of the Institute of Diversity will be presenting the recent enactment of the Affordable Care Act 1557 and health equity, and Tim Rodden, Director of Pastoral Care at Christiana Care Health System will be presenting on the LGBTQ community and how to create an inclusive environment.  Panel topics such as “Cultural and Language Challenges of Diverse Patient Populations” and “Fostering Inclusion of LGBT Patients and Employees” will supplement the agenda with additional discussions. Guests are encouraged to share best practices with each other to enhance health care and create a community of professionals that stand on behalf of diversity and all of the benefits associated.

Additional information and registration is available by email at dr.astrid.gonzalez@icould.com

About Lee Memorial Health System

Since the opening of its first hospital in 1916, Lee Memorial Health System has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, serving the needs of the community. Today, LMHS is a non-profit, integrated health care services organization committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Because we care, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices, and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at www.leememorial.org.


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