William Osler Health System (Osler) has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the sixth year in a row. The national award recognizes Osler’s ongoing commitment to enhance equity, access and inclusiveness across the organization.
“We are thrilled to receive this honour for the sixth consecutive year,” said Vanita Varma, Osler Board Chair. “I am so proud of Osler’s staff, physicians, and volunteers who work tirelessly every day to help deliver safe, timely and compassionate care to the diverse communities we serve. This incredible achievement is a result of the outstanding work of the entire Osler team, and their commitment to helping foster advancements in workplace diversity.”
In addition to initiatives focused on breaking down language and communications barriers, Osler has implemented a Health Equity and Inclusion Strategy and Diversity Advisory Council. It also continues to grow partnerships with community-based organizations with an aim to improve equity, access and inclusiveness across the organization, and to help support patient-centred care.
Training modules have also been developed and implemented across the organization, along with a number of diversity tools and resources for staff, physicians and volunteers – including annual Multi-Faith and Diversity Day events, conferences, panel discussions and FAQ sessions.
“Providing compassionate, patient-centered care in an inclusive and equitable environment is at the heart of all that we do at Osler,” said Dr. Brendan Carr, Osler President and CEO. "This recognition is a true testament to Osler’s staff, physicians and volunteers who remain dedicated to building an environment that encourages understanding, respect and appreciation for each other’s beliefs and practices, and also those of patients, their families and the communities we serve.”
In keeping with its Vision, patient-inspired care without boundaries, Osler recently wrapped its fourth international tour as part of its Global Health Program, visiting India and Pakistan to support local organizations through training and education initiatives and bringing back important learnings to improve delivery of care to the community.