Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

couple with child Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is committed to creating and providing a diverse and inclusive workplace. We recognize that diversity and inclusion are essential for the health of our patients, employees, and the community we serve.

In alignment with RWJBarnabas Health System’s objective to advance the overall health of our diverse populations, Jersey City Medical Center aims to treat everyone with respect while embracing the differences as well as the similarities that exist among us. Jersey City Medical Center is committed to providing high quality, equitable, culturally-responsive, patient-centered care to its diverse patients and communities.

Objectives

  • Advance the overall health of the populations we serve
  • Continuously improve the quality of care we provide
  • Collaborate with physicians for a closely coordinated continuum of care
  • Contribute to the local, regional and state economies by remaining a major employer in our communities
  • Focus on the well-being of the diverse communities we serve with a continued commitment to high-quality, culturally competent care
  • Foster and support a mission of academic excellence, including a commitment to leading-edge research and clinical trials and teaching the next generation of health care workers.

Diversity and Inclusion defined at Jersey City Medical Center

Why Diversity and Inclusion?

diverse group of people smiling We recognize that Our Staff, Leadership, Physicians, and Board need to represent and reflect the communities that we serve. Diversity allows Jersey City Medical Center to provide and deliver better, more culturally sensitive and affirming healthcare services and programs to those who need it.

Key Definitions:

Diversity

RWJBarnabas Health defines diversity as a variety of patterns which includes but is not limited to values, customs, differences, and similarities.

Inclusion

Inclusion is a proactive approach to leveraging diversity by consciously inviting, welcoming, respecting, and engaging each other without bias. It enables us to harness the power of diversity to achieve its goals by intentionally embracing an expansive set of attitudes, attributes, cultures, and skills throughout the system.

Equity

Equity results from delivering high-quality patient-centered care to our diverse patients and communities in ways that accommodate their cultural, social, and physical differences. It leads to helping one reach one’s full potential.

Cultivating Cultural Competency

diverse couple smiling Our goal is to create an environment free of harm, focused on quality care that results in equitable outcomes in a mutually respectful and courteous manner for all.

In January 2019, Jersey City Medical Center welcomed a new Director of Diversity & Inclusion to deploy focused leadership and accountability for developing and implementing a strategic diversity action plan that will advance the hospital’s work around cultural sensitivity, responsiveness, and help to affirm all that we serve.

Diversity & Inclusion in Action

We will achieve these goals in collaboration with our Board of Trustees, Hospital Leadership, Physicians and Staff. Building a culture of mutual respect for everyone is a strategic pillar intersecting with our high-reliability organization (HRO) journey. We are committed to ensuring all colleagues, patients, patient family members, community members, and business associate interactions result in positive, harmless, helpful, inclusive and respectful experiences. Our ability to become a culturally responsive health care provider depends on our success in fostering this cultural shift.

For more information or questions, please contact:

Pamela Weatherspoon
pamela.weatherspoon@rwjbh.org
(201) 915-2657

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