Navicent Health responds to NAACP claims of lacking diversity

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Navicent Health has responded to the NAACP’s claims that it lacks diversity on its executive board and other high ranking positions.

The hospital giant cited survey data from 2015 suggesting the opposite.

In a study that included a thousand hospitals across the nation, The Institute for Diversity in Health Management found that minorities represented 14 percent of hospital boards, 15 percent of executive leadership and 19 percent of first and mid-level managers.

Navicent reported in the statement that in 2017, minorities represented nearly 35% of Navicent Health’s board members, 18% of its executive leadership and 25% of its first and mid-level managers.

“We believe this number exceeds the percentage of African-Americans in management positions in hospitals of our size and scope,” the statement reads in part.

Here’s the full statement below.

“Navicent Health has a strong commitment to diversity and is a leader in developing and maintaining a diverse workforce. According to a 2015 survey of data, the latest data available, from more than 1,000 hospitals in the United States conducted by the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, Navicent Health’s percentage of racial diversity in its management ranks exceeds the national average across all job categories reviewed in the survey. Navicent Health is one of a few hospitals of its size and scope in the country that has both a representative of a minority group as the chairperson of its board and as its chief executive officer. Since 2013, Navicent Health has increased minority representation in its management ranks by nearly 40%. “

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