Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

A moral, cultural, and strategic imperative

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) is about treating people with dignity and respect. It's about belonging. It's about stepping out of comfort zones, suspending judgments, and being curious. It's about actively listening to and including different perspectives. At Spectrum Health Lakeland, our mission is to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. To do this, our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team focuses on five areas aimed at eliminating health disparities and better reflecting the communities we serve. 

Five areas of focus

As we work to achieve and sustain a diverse and inclusive culture that fosters respect among our team members, and improves the care and services provided to our patients, members and communities; we are focused on five areas that will help guide the work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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Cultural Competence: Deliver a variety of interventions aimed to remove systemic barriers that affect people’s behavior and the quality of health care provided. This includes interpersonal interactions among team members, providers, patients, and consumers. 

Equity of Care: Improve systemic collection of data for various dimensions of diversity and use of quality measures to develop targeted interventions that help eliminate health care disparities. 

Community Engagement: Increase and strengthen community partnerships that bring awareness and involvement in improving health outcomes and reducing health inequities within our community. 

Supplier Diversity: Improve the economic health of our community through inclusive sourcing that leads to cost savings, drives innovation, and benefits our local community. 

Workforce Diversity: Increase and sustain diversity (e.g. race and ethnicity) of our workforce at all levels to help improve access to health care for all communities.

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Pledge to Act 

Our newly adopted Spectrum Health System Pledge to Act will help us make measurable and significant progress toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization and community. This pledge affirms our commitment to eliminating health disparities and to achieving health equity. It also outlines specific actions we are committed to taking, now and in the future, to address systemic racism.

Read the Pledge

Inclusion Resource Groups

Our Inclusion Resource Groups (IRGs) are team member-led and formed around common demographics and shared interests. They leverage the strength of their diversity to help the organization grow and are most effective when they focus on culture, commerce, career, and community.

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Project SEARCH

To learn more about Project SEARCH, please contact Erin Wright, Manager Recruitment, Human Resources at (269) 927-5192

Lakeland News in Review: September 2016

COVID-19 update 1.14.21

Join president, Loren B. Hamel, MD, and Nicki Britten from the Berrien County Health Department for the latest COVID-19 news:

COVID-19 vaccines continue at Spectrum Health Lakeland

Drs. Loren Hamel, MD, and Lowell Hamel, MD receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Spectrum Health Lakeland.

COVID-19 Update 1.8.2020

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Why I vaccinate: video diary with Dr. Das

Spectrum Health internal medicine hospitalist, Sheetal Das, MD, shares her personal journey and choice for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Update 12.30.20

Hear the latest COVID-19 news from President, Loren B. Hamel, MD, and Berrien County Health Department health officer, Nicki Britten.

Lakeland Medical Center Pavilion Tour

The Lakeland Medical Center Pavilion is a mission-critical project that focuses on high-tech modernizations and exceptional patient experiences.

A message from nurses: We are counting on you

With COVID-19 cases rising, we need everyone’s help to slow the spread. Thank you to our nurses—and nurses at health systems across our state—for sharing why prevention is so important in this impactful PSA.

We're Ready for You at Spectrum Health Lakeland

While the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all in new ways, we want you to know we are here for you.

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