By Steve Blanchard - May 10, 2021
Moffitt Cancer Center has a new accolade to celebrate in 2021. DiversityInc, a publication that highlights the benefits of diversity in business, has placed the cancer center at No. 3 on its annual list of Top Hospitals & Health Systems. This is the highest Moffitt has appeared on the list.
“Diversity is our strength, as we deeply commit ourselves to it,” said Moffitt President and CEO Dr. Patrick Hwu. “Our cancer center operates so well because we celebrate diversity and value the perspectives of people from different walks of life. It’s very rewarding to see an organization such as DiversityInc recognize our hard work. I congratulate not only our Diversity team, but every single team member at Moffitt.”
DiversityInc’s annual survey, which is aimed at tracking the nation’s top companies when it comes to hiring, retaining, and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans, is the most rigorous, data-driven survey of its kind, gauging detailed demographics based on race/ethnicity and gender at some of the largest U.S. employers.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion continues to be a core part of who we are as a cancer center. We know that we are stronger as a result of our efforts in this area. So I am more than thrilled to see us on the list once again this year,” said B. Lee Green, vice president of Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications at Moffitt. “Moffitt’s mission is to prevent and cure cancer, but our value system includes and relies upon diversity and inclusion as a core part of our strength. This DiversityInc honor highlights that work on a national perspective and I am very proud of that.”
Moffitt is the only the only health care organization in Florida to make the 2021 Top 12 List. Northwell Health in New York and OhioHealth were first and second on the list, respectively.
When making its assessments, DiversityInc considers 2021 company submitted data in six key areas: leadership accountability, human capital diversity metrics, talent programs, workforce practices, supplier diversity and philanthropy.
Moffitt sets itself apart by the work we do in the areas of diversity and inclusion education and training, cultural and linguistic competency, language services programs, community outreach and education efforts and supplier diversity. Over the past year, Moffitt delivered more than 5,000 hours of diversity and inclusion training to team members, and its in-house language services team has completed more than 6,200 patient encounters.
"Diversity is our strength, as we deeply commit ourselves to it."- Dr. Patrick Hwu, Moffitt President and CEO
Moffitt has spent of more than $50 million with certified diverse business owners through its supplier diversity program and also encourages team members to participate in employee resource groups.
In the last year, Moffitt has introduced multiple new Team Member Engagement Networks (TMENs) to bring the total to seven and more than 13 percent of cancer center team members participate in at least one of those. TMENs include Generation M, Unity@Moffitt, Black Empowerment Alliance at Moffitt, Estamos Unidos, Women in Oncology, Faculty Diversity in Oncology Program and a to-be-named network focused on the Asian community.
The recognition from DiversityInc is among several notable awards for Moffitt. The cancer center has consistently been designated a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign and named one of the Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women. Moffitt was also recognized by the American Hospital Association as an Equity of Care Honoree and is a 2021 Tampa Bay Business Journal Business of Pride Honoree. Moffitt received the National Organization on Disability Leading Disability Employer Seal and is among the top Best Hospitals for Cancer based on U.S. News & World Report.