Diversity & Inclusion
At University Hospitals, we believe in the power and value of diversity. We recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures, beliefs and identities of both those we serve, and those with whom we work to achieve our mission.
Diversity throughout our system is essential in order to achieve our most critical goal: providing the highest quality of care for our patients. Our belief in diversity and inclusion can be traced back to WWI. In 1917, The Lakeside unit was deployed as the first American military unit on European soil during WWI. The unit, made up of Lakeside doctors and nurses, provided medical care to Allied soldiers in Europe until 1919. As the Lakeside Unit was committed to servicing Allied soldiers, University Hospitals remains committed to hiring our nation’s heroes.
Our efforts as an anchor institution include providing employment, opportunities for career advancement, and a commitment to hire local, live local, buy local and buy diverse. One example is our Step Up to UH program that recruits chronically underemployed or unemployed individuals from seven Greater University Circle neighborhoods for workforce-readiness coaching, job-specific training and, ultimately, jobs at UH. The Edgar B. Jackson Jr., MD, Endowed Chair for Clinical Excellence and Diversity, Henry L. Meyer III KeyBank Faculty Fellows Program, Gender and Sexual Diversity Services and partnerships with organizations such as AARP are designed to support and enhance an already inclusive environment.
As Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” At University Hospitals, that passion to “do for others” is exhibited every day by our employees who put our patients first. By being the difference, our employees illustrate our core values and continuously achieve our vision statement, Advancing the Science of Health and the Art of Compassion.