Cincinnati Children’s has been named one of the nation’s top hospitals and health systems for diversity

CINCINNATI, May 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Cincinnati Children’s has been named one of the nation’s top hospitals and health systems for diversity by a company that rates organizations that support inclusion and diversity in workplace practices, leadership accountability and providers.

Of the 20 hospitals and health systems recognized by DiversityInc for 2023, Cincinnati Children’s was ranked 17th – the only pediatric health system to make the list.

“Cincinnati Children’s is committed to DEI for the long term because it matters — to our more than 17,800 employees, to the people who want to work for us, and to the community,” said Bobby Rodriguez, vice president of diversity, inclusion and community relations. “Most importantly, it makes a difference in our research and in our care for patients and families who come to us every day from all over the world.”

Cincinnati Children’s is the second largest pediatric health system in the United Statesand each year the medical center cares for patients and families from all 50 states and dozens of other countries – including children with complex or rare diseases.

One in four doctors — and 23 percent of all employees at Cincinnati Children’s — are people of color, Rodriguez noted. Executive team diversity includes 27% people of color.

Other key diversity achievements at Cincinnati Children’s include:

  • Women make up 79% of all employees, including more than half of doctors.
  • Almost half of executive and senior managers are women, along with 73% of first- or middle-level managers.
  • Half of the members of the Board of Trustees are women, including the chairman Lisa Smitherman.

In terms of provider diversity, Cincinnati Children’s documents 76 million dollars in miscellaneous spending in fiscal year 2022. This includes over 29 million dollars who went to minority-owned businesses more than 22 million dollars to women-owned businesses and more 4 million dollars of veteran-owned businesses.

DiversityInc’s rankings are based on employer-provided data about organizational policies, practices and procedures.

“The recognition from DiversityInc is particularly significant as it reflects an external review of our actions in many aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Nerissa Morris, senior vice president and chief human resources and diversity officer for Cincinnati Children’s. “Our involvement in the app has also been an opportunity for introspection and learning as we continually strive to be better and have a greater impact. We are honored to have been recognized and will use this as motivation to continue increasing our impact.”

Cincinnati Children’s was also recognized in the April 2023 from Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity, ranked #38 out of 500 Companies Cited – the highest of any hospital in the nation.

About Cincinnati Children’s
Cincinnati Children’s is ranked in the top three in the nation in US News & World Report’s 2022-23 List of Best Children’s Hospitals In addition, Cincinnati Children’s was recognized as one of America’s Most Innovative Companies by Wealth in 2023 – and ranked highest among all children’s hospitals in the nation. Cincinnati Children’s was also recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2023. Founded in 1883, Cincinnati Children’s is a nonprofit academic medical center that is internationally recognized for improving children’s health and transforming care delivery through research, education and innovation. Nearly a third of the medical center’s 17,800 employees are involved in research, and Cincinnati Children’s is one of the top recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Additional information can be found at

SOURCE Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

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