System-wide, Tenet is committed to diversity and inclusion. We believe that respecting, nurturing and encouraging diversity of thought, background and experience contribute to positive working environments that result in exceptional patient care.
Last month, Forbes released its list of the 250 “Best Employers for Diversity.” Baptist Health System (BHS) in San Antonio was one of only 23 hospitals/health systems to be recognized on the list.
Forbes worked with the research firm Statista to compile this year’s list. Statista surveyed 30,000 U.S. employers with 1,000 employees or more in August 2017, and asked questions about diversity, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability. Other factors included the gender split of the companies’ management teams and boards, and whether a company proactively communicates about diversity. The company also looked at whether there were gaps in how diversity was perceived at the organizations.
BHS leadership team is diverse, and includes Dr. Lynnette Watkins, the health system’s first female African-American chief medical officer. Dr. Watkins is a pioneer and role model for minorities and women at BHS and in San Antonio.
“I am honored to serve in this role in which I can positively impact our system, patients and future leaders,” said Dr. Watkins. “Diversity is increasingly critical to succeeding in the delivery of high-quality patient-centered care, and BHS is leading the way. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that reflects our diverse constituents and their needs.”
Within BHS, 62.3 percent of all colleagues are considered ethnic minorities. BHS is also an employer of choice for women. Of colleagues at the director level or above, 65.3 percent are female; 64.7 percent of those at the supervisor level and above are women.
“BHS thrives on diversity, and we are honored by this recognition,” said Matthew Stone, CEO of Baptist Health System’s Baptist Medical Center and Group CEO for Tenet’s San Antonio and North Texas hospitals. “We live and work in a multi-cultural community, and know that employees of all ages, ethnicities, genders and abilities help us to meet the needs of our patients every day.”