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Diversity and inclusion

At Truman Medical Centers/University Health, we are committed to embracing diversity and inclusion within our organization. It is essential to maintain a culture where individual differences and contributions are valued, and understanding those differences allows our organization to achieve a higher level of performance.

As Truman Medical Centers/University Health President and CEO Charlie Shields explains, diversity is more than just the right thing to do—it makes good business sense:

Diversity and inclusion is more than just race, gender and ethnicity. It is our individual differences in experiences, skills and talents and leveraging those differences, which allows us to evolve as an organization.

Willy F. Pegues IV
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Diversity and inclusion are embedded in the way Truman Medical Centers/University Health interacts with staff, patients and community organizations.

Truman Medical Centers/University Health Diversity and Inclusion Councils

Truman Medical Centers/University Health Diversity and Inclusion Councils help guide the organization's vision in developing, implementing and maintaining diversity and inclusion strategies. There are two councils:

The Leaders Diversity and Inclusion Council. This council consists of staff members ranging from front-line staff to department managers and practitioners. The group brings forth initiatives and strategies to further the diversity and inclusion goals of Truman Medical Centers/University Health.

Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council. This council comprises executives and key physician leaders. It oversees and coordinates with the Leaders Council in developing, implementing and maintaining diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives at Truman Medical Centers/University Health.

In addition, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion sponsors Business Resource Groups (BRGs), which support specific constituencies through education and initiatives. We currently support LGBTQ BRGs and Veterans BRGs.

Truman Medical Centers/University Health Supplier Diversity Program

The Truman Medical Centers/University Health Supplier Diversity Program is committed to working with historically underused businesses as suppliers, such as those owned by minorities, women, veterans, LGBT and service-disabled-veterans. Visit our supplier diversity program page for more information.

Community partnerships

In striving to build a diverse community, Truman Medical Centers/University Health partners with a wide range of community groups to leverage their expertise, as well as expand the hospital's reach. From hosting panel discussions to co-sponsoring events, our partnerships are vital to our mission.

Diversity and inclusion community partners

  • Black Nurses Rock.
  • Greater Kansas City Black Nurses Association.
  • Mid America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
  • Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network.
  • Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce.
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
  • Missouri Nurses Association.
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses.
  • Philippine Nurse Association.

Event videos

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Veterans Day Ceremonies

TMC New Citizen

This is us

Don't just take our word for it. Hear from some of our employees on how diversity at Truman Medical Centers/University Health affects their work and lives:

Crystal Captain

Eric Ervin

Jacqueline Griffin

Judith Navarro

For the past three years, Truman Medical Centers/University Health has been named a healthcare equality leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a civil rights organization, on its healthcare equality index.

Diversity and Inclusion Calendar


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