TeamHealth's Culture of Respect and Inclusion

The topic of diversity and inclusion is not a simple topic, and it has deep implications across our society. In this #BeyondClinicalMedicine podcast Dr. Rob Strauss gains insights on many aspects of diversity and inclusion from a clinical perspective from Dr. Stan Thompson, TeamHealth Chief Clinical Officer for LifePoint Group and Chair of TeamHealth’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Thompson shares information clinicians should consider about unconscious and implicit bias, leadership issues and other ways that these issues can impact patient care.

A message from Leif Murphy, President and CEO:

At TeamHealth, we have a culture and a value system that will not tolerate racism, hateful speech, intimidation or harassment – and we all know that permitting any of those to manifest within or outside the workplace results in barriers, biases and inequities.

I want to assure you of all of the following:

1. We have the vehicles in place to report the issues, through supervisors, regional HR leaders, or our compliance hotline;

2. We have solid policies for how to evaluate issues and hold wrongdoers to account; and

3. We have internal communications networks to strengthen the policy and the process when things have been missed.

We will continue providing the finest possible patient care while honoring our commitment to these core values.

June 23, 2020

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at TeamHealth – Pride Month

The TeamHealth Diversity and Inclusion Committee is working to build a culture of trust and celebration of the differences that make our team members unique. We’re pleased to share this latest update from Wes Ledford, HIE Project Manager, in honor of Pride Month:

At TeamHealth, we support the dignity and equality of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). In June, we celebrate gay pride or LGBT pride, and offer a caring ear to our colleagues of different genders.

Annual pride events often are planned in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, named after the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, where a series of violent protests, street demonstrations and police raids happened in 1969. The first Gay Pride Festival was held in New York the next year. Pride festivals in other parts of the world mark other important LGBT turning points such as the decriminalization of homosexuality in Russia in May 1993.

Pride events bring visibility to the high levels of shame and social injustice experienced by LGBT people and continue the call for systemic and structural change. These changes must extend to the workplace, as they do at TeamHealth. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ+ people are protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. My company’s compliance training was adjusted to reflect this change, but the policy already existed to include gender identity as a protected class.

Pride festivals and pride months remind marginalized LGBTQ+ people that they are valued and accepted. But, most importantly, we can extend our understanding to those different than us.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TeamHealth’s policy on discrimination?
TeamHealth will not tolerate any form of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by law. TeamHealth strives to provide a work environment that is diverse and free from discrimination.

What training does TeamHealth provide to all employees on discrimination?TeamHealth associates are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct training once a year. This includes guidance with specific examples about how to avoid all forms of harassment in the workplace. In addition, employees will receive diversity and inclusion training that address the importance of our culture of respect and inclusion.

How can a TeamHealth employee report discrimination or hateful expression?TeamHealth associates have a number of ways to report discrimination or hateful expression:

  • Associate can talk with their supervisor or leader.
  • Associate can contact the HR or Compliance Departments.
  • The Compliance Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Associates can remain anonymous if they so desire.

 

 

Contact TeamHealth

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