Children’s Minnesota, which serves more than 130,000 patients annually, is committed to providing everyone the care and attention they need to be successful in health and in life. We want all who engage with us — patients, families, employees, vendors and community partners — to feel valued, respected and supported. That means having a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture that reflects the rich backgrounds of the communities we serve. Having this culture brings about better communication, improves access to care, cultivates deeper patient satisfaction, reduces health disparities and creates an engaging place to work.
We know that taking care of the most amazing people starts with taking care of ourselves. Children’s Minnesota offers comprehensive benefits for our employees and their families.
Business partner diversity
Children’s Minnesota is committed to investing in the communities it serves, and is implementing a supplier diversity strategy focused on identifying diverse businesses and creating opportunities for those companies to work with Children’s. Minnesota We are also a member of the North Central Minority Supplier Developmental Council, the Women’s Business Development Center and Quorum. By investing in community businesses, we will grow and develop the economy of those communities.
Children’s Minnesota CEO Dr. Marc Gorelick has joined more than 750 CEOs from across the country in a call to action to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace and share best practices as part of the CEO Action Network. Children’s Minnesota also hired its first vice president, chief equity and inclusion officer, James C. Burroughs II, who has a breadth of experience around equity and inclusion and its strategic implementation in both the public and private sector.
Equity and inclusion scorecard
In an effort to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and helps us cultivate a more inclusive and equitable environment, we are providing our leaders with a comprehensive scorecard that allows for the opportunity to review, analyze and track their overall performance on specific equity and inclusion metrics. Those metrics will focus on the representation of our staff, retention and turnover rates, as well as supplier diversity and health equity metrics.
We’ve established employee resource groups (ERGs) designed to promote recruiting, retention and professional development for Children’s Minnesota employees. Children’s Minnesota has also partnered with leading Minnesota companies to create networks of ERG leaders to enhance inclusion and equity efforts, and promote community enrichment and development throughout the metro area.
Learn more about how we plan to achieve equity and inclusion at Children’s Minnesota.
OUR PEOPLE AND CULTURE
We want all who engage with us — patients, families, employees, vendors and community partners — to feel valued, respected and supported. This means having a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture that reflects the rich backgrounds of the communities we serve.
James C. Burroughs II, vice president, chief equity and inclusion officer
James helps the organization advance equity and inclusion in the delivery of quality care for patients and their families. He’s also charged with fostering a culture of inclusion in which all employees can bring their full selves to work. James is responsible for developing a comprehensive health equity, inclusion and diversity strategy.
Dr. Marc Gorelick, president and CEO
“At Children’s Minnesota, we strive to make diversity and inclusion a part of all we do – from patient care, to business operations, to how we treat one another,” said Marc Gorelick, MD, president and chief executive officer at Children’s Minnesota. “We believe that a diverse workforce drives creativity, innovation and community to ultimately help us better care for the diverse patients and families we serve. Joining the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™ extends our commitment to fostering an environment where every staff member at Children’s feels welcomed, included and valued, and gives us additional opportunity to openly address challenges and share perspectives.”
“As individuals and as an organization, we must commit to dismantling systems of bias, structural racism, and white supremacy to ensure all children in Minnesota are safe. As the Rev. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.’ The responsibility to create a more just and equitable community lies with all of us.” Dr. Marc Gorelick
OUR EMPLOYEE NETWORKS
Asian Employee Resource Group
Black Employee Empowerment Network (BEEN)
Muslim Employee Resource Group
Nurses of Color Employee Resource Group
People Respecting Individual Differences Equally (PRIDE)
Voces Employee Resource Group