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Dec. 13, 2013


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Webinar

Perioperative Surgical Home
Date: Dec. 17
Time: 12:30 a.m. PT, 1:30 p.m. MT, 2:30 p.m. CT, 3:30 p.m. ET
60-minute webinar followed by 30 minutes of live Q & A
Presenters: Drs. Mark A. Warner and Zeev N. Kain
Questions: Contact Dan Paloski at (312) 422-2914 or
Price: Free to ASHHRA Members
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The American Hospital Association’s Physician Leadership Forum and the American Society of Anesthesiologists will host a complimentary webinar on the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH).

PSH strives to achieve the triple aim of better health, better health care, and reduced expenditures through continuous improvement for all patients undergoing surgical procedures. The PSH is a patient-centered, physician-led, multidisciplinary, and team-based system of coordinated care. It guides the patient through the entire surgical experience from decision for the need for surgery until 30 days post discharge from a medical facility. The goal is to create a better patient experience and make surgical care safer; thus, promoting a better medical outcome at a lower cost.

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About the Physician Leadership Forum:
As part of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) ongoing mission to improve the health of patients and communities, AHA introduced the Physician Leadership Forum to engage and partner with physicians to collaboratively advance excellence in patient care. AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum also seeks to gather input from physicians to inform AHA policy and advocacy efforts while advancing physician leadership within the health care delivery system.

About the American Society of Anesthesiologists:
Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 50,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring that physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during, and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care that every patient deserves.

For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists online at To learn more about the role physician anesthesiologists play in ensuring patient safety, visit

IFD Webinar and Summer Enrichment Program

Save the Date for the Institute’s February Diversity Dialogue:
Aligning Organizational and Employee Values to Support Diversity and Commitment to Excellence

Date: Feb. 26, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
90-minute webinar
Presenter: Loubna Noureddin, director of staff and community education at Miami Children’s Hospital

She will discuss the diversity of Miami Children’s Hospital’s workforce and share best practices that promote the values of respect, support, collaboration, and diversity. More details will be available soon.

Summer Enrichment Program Enrollment Open Now
Registration is in full swing for the 2014 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), the Institute’s 10-week summer immersive internship program for academically-strong, minority graduate students. This program provides hospitals the opportunity to increase diversity in health care management by offering minority graduate students full-time work experience in some of the nation’s top health care facilities. More than 700 students have successfully completed the SEP program since the Institute’s inception in 1994.

The SEP is reasonably priced, and Institute members enjoy a $500 reduction in administration fees. Non-Institute members that host an SEP intern will receive a complimentary Institute membership. Intern matching will begin in January 2014; internships will run June–August 2014. Meet the health care leaders of tomorrow – take a SEP student today!

For more information about the SEP, click here or contact Chris O. Biddle, membership and education specialist, at (312) 422-2658 or at



Globalization: Good news for America's diverse talent
Diversity Executive
Globalization moved at broadband speed, but diversity leaders were dial-up slow to grasp its implications for their work. Only in the past few years has globalization entered diversity and inclusion agendas, and diversity executives have been sprinting not to be left behind.
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Cultural disharmony undermines workplace creativity
Harvard Business School
In today's global work environment, it's a given that companies need culturally diverse teams to succeed. Both scientific studies and common sense tell us that having people with different viewpoints onboard increases the creativity that teams will employ in solving problems. Of course, that's assuming all members of the team are pulling in the same direction. But what if they aren't? Can being exposed to intercultural conflicts and tensions have an impact even on observers who are not directly involved in these disharmonies?
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Gay partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 firms
The Associated Press via NPR
Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group. The Human Rights Campaign found that more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies and 90 percent of all large employers it surveyed are offering health insurance and other spousal benefits to same-sex domestic partners of their employees.
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What's the business case for diversity?
77 percent of executives strongly support diversity initiatives, and organizations expect to focus and invest even more on diversity and inclusion in the coming years. However, success at improving the perceptions of diversity and inclusiveness in the organization are not as strong as most organizations would like or need; only 40 percent of employees actually believe their organization is actually diverse and inclusive.
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Diversity initiatives do not increase representation of minorities on medical school faculty
Medical Xpress
From 2000 to 2010, the presence of a minority faculty development program at U.S. medical schools was not associated with greater underrepresented minority faculty representation, recruitment, or promotion, according to a study appearing in the Dec. 4 issue of JAMA, a medical education theme issue.
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Obama administration awards $55 million to boost healthcare workforce
The Washington Post
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $55.5 million in grants to help bolster a healthcare workforce that is stretched thin and possibly due for more strain under the Affordable Care Act. The health legislation requires the uninsured to obtain medical coverage, potentially placing more stress on the nation’s healthcare network. In a statement, HHS said the new round of funding would grow the size of the medical workforce in “a wide spectrum” of fields. “From diversity to dentistry, all are critical to achieving a skilled workforce now and in the future,” said Mary Wakefield, administrator for the department’s Health Resources and Services Administration.
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Pennsylvania's St. Luke's to offer equal benefits to gay, lesbian employees
The Morning Call
Gay and lesbian employees of St. Luke's University Health Network will be entitled to benefits equal to those offered to married heterosexual employees under a change in policy beginning next year. St. Luke's, the Lehigh Valley's second-largest employer, announced the policy change in a statement to employees Tuesday. It represents a victory for same-sex employees and the Pennsylvania Diversity Network, which said it has been lobbying the health network for three years to amend its policy.
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Study: Blacks happier at work than whites
Diversity Executive
Despite working in more routine and less autonomous jobs, having fewer close friends at work and feeling less supported by co-workers, blacks report significantly more positive emotions in the workplace than whites, according to a new study.
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