Hackensack Meridian Health tops DiversityInc’s health system ranking

Hackensack Meridian Health ranked first in the U.S. on the 2023 DiversityInc Top Hospital and Health Systems list, it announced Wednesday.

The honor represents the third year in a row the Hackensack-based health system has been recognized for its promotion of a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture, it said in a news release.

“Hackensack Meridian Health is deeply committed to advancing diversity, equity & inclusion across our network and ensuring that all communities have access to high-quality, innovative health care,” CEO Robert Garrett said in a prepared statement. “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized for these priorities and strategies that are having a real impact on our organization and in the communities we serve.”

DiversityInc created the survey based on submitted information, collected across six areas: leadership accountability, human capital diversity metrics, talent programs, workplace practices, supplier diversity and philanthropy.

“This is an absolute honor, and Hackensack Meridian Health will continue to build a culture that reflects the diversity of our great state and ensures that everyone has a chance to thrive,” Avonia Richardson-Miller, senior vice president and chief diversity officer, said in a statement. “We are equally committed to continuing to advance health equity in New Jersey and beyond.”

The Top 10 ranked hospitals and systems were:

  1. Hackensack Meridian Health;
  2. City of Hope;
  3. Mayo Clinic;
  4. Linde;
  5. NYU Langone Health;
  6. Mount Sinai Health System;
  7. Cleveland Clinic;
  8. Wellstar Health System;
  9. The American Heart Association;
  10. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

“With a 23% increase in overall participation and a 32% increase within the health care sector, these rankings are based on employer-submitted data about their organizational policies, practices and procedures, not on employee sentiment or scraped from sources that cannot be validated,” DiversityInc CEO Carolynn Johnson said in a statement. “These rankings also represent evidence-based, superior human capital outcomes, only achieved by data transparency and an unwavering commitment to workplace fairness for everyone.’’