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BlackDoctor.org Honors Cedars-Sinai for Diversity

Award Recognizes Health System's Commitment to Equity and Inclusion in Operations, Programs, Services and Staffing

BlackDoctor.org, the popular online health information resource for African-American consumers, has named Cedars-Sinai to its 2018 Top Hospitals for Diversity List.

BlackDoctor.org specifically cited Cedars-Sinai for its strong commitment in promoting equity and inclusion in the health system's operations, programs, services and staffing. The honor recognizes Cedars-Sinai's ongoing commitment to build and sustain excellence in its diverse academic and medical community.

"Diversity and inclusion are two of our institutional values, and it's a tremendous honor to be recognized for these efforts among an elite group of hospitals," said Andy Ortiz, senior vice president of Human Resources and Organization Development and Learning at Cedars-Sinai. "We strive to not only ensure diversity among our employees, but also to be culturally sensitive and in tune with the needs of all the communities we serve."

In addition to recognizing Cedars-Sinai's high-quality healthcare services and patient care, the award acknowledges the cultural sensitivity demonstrated by the organization's medical and professional staff, and inclusion and diversity within clinical and administrative staff. Hospitals that make it onto the BlackDoctor.org Diversity List also have people of color and women represented at the highest levels of the organization, including the board of directors and senior executive team. Additionally, the honor credits Cedars-Sinai's ongoing dedication to its community health programs, such as the COACH for Kids® mobile medical units and the Healthy Habits nutrition and fitness education program taught in 28 Los Angeles public schools.

"Our 30 million-plus audience places a great importance upon cultural competency and sensitivity when it comes to the entire healthcare delivery system," said Reginald Ware, chief executive officer of BlackDoctor.org. "Organizations who are working hard to see that everyone is treated fairly, regardless of race or creed, are highlighted with this top honor."

Click here to access the complete Top Hospitals for Diversity list.