Whitman Partners Diversity Hiring Report

PORTLAND, OR, October 13, 2021 - Whitman Partners, a search firm dedicated to recruiting Directors of Surgical Services in interim and permanent roles, has released a report, Diversity Hiring in Healthcare 2021.

The report was produced in preparation for a panel conversation, "The Inclusive OR: Roles and Goals for Creating a Diverse Team," presented by Whitman Partners at the OR Manager Business Management Conference in San Diego.

In 2020, Whitman Partners added "BIPOC Perioperative Leaders to Know" to their queue of Awards and Recognition Programs. The goal is to highlight leaders from diverse backgrounds, giving voice to distinct viewpoints and experiences.

Through those conversations, it has been made clear that there is a critical need to create and maintain an inclusive workplace in the operating room. The report, conducted by Riley Research Associates, provides data to support what many BIPOC leaders have experienced.

The report surveyed 100 healthcare professionals across the United States involved in the recruitment, hiring, and training of individuals in perioperative positions. Respondents were employed at hospitals, surgery centers, physician-owned medical centers, and adult care facilities. Topics included skill development, the role of mentoring, training, and the lack of BIPOC professionals in C-level positions.

For 71% of respondents, leadership commitment was deemed the most crucial factor for creating a diverse and inclusive organization. For organizations with 700+ employees, leadership was valued even more at 85%.

Additional challenges are the lack of qualified BIPOC candidates for C-level and director positions for close to half (47%) of the respondents and the need to create a higher level of awareness among BIPOC healthcare professionals of career advancement opportunities in perioperative medicine.

To read the Diversity Hiring in Healthcare Report, including detailed answers to questions on effective recruitment strategies, challenges to BIPOC recruitment and retention, and diversity hiring goals, click here to download.

Watch video interviews with the BIPOC 2021 Perioperative Leaders to Know nominees here.

Whitman Partners will do an encore presentation of "The Inclusive OR: Roles and Goals for Creating a Diverse Team", at the OR Manager Conference in Chicago, October 20-22. The panel will be the Breakfast Presentation on October 22 at 7:00 a.m., local time.

Chicago panelists will include Katie Boston-Leary, Certified Executive Coach, CNO; Keeli Stith, Associate Director Perioperative and Procedural Clinical Services, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; Brian Dawson, System VP of Perioperative Services, CommonSpirit Health; and Dr. Edna Gilliam, Senior Director Perioperative Services, Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware.

There will be an ENCORE Digital Event November 15th-19th that will host all recorded sessions from the in-person event in Chicago.

Founded in 2006, Whitman Partners is a national leader in permanent placements, interim assignments, and survey-preparedness consulting for Surgical Services. The firm serves level 1 trauma centers, large academic medical facilities, physician-owned ASCs, and hospitals in both urban and rural areas.

Contact Information
Carisa Brewster
Whitman Partners
Portland, Oregon
United States
Voice: 503-445-1044

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