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Associates Win Diversity Awards
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Associates Win
Diversity Champion Awards

Associates Honored by Trinity Health for Contributions Promoting Health System’sDiversity and Inclusion Goals

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) was well represented among the winners at Trinity Health’s 2012 Diversity Champion Awards ceremonies.  Theme for the June ceremonies was “Moving the D and I Needle.”

The purpose of the awards is to recognize outstanding Trinity Health associates and partners whose contributions support achieving Trinity Health’s diversity and inclusion goals.  The awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of individuals who, alone or as part of a group, promote and advance diversity and inclusion at Trinity Health Ministry Organizations internally or externally through equity and care, cultural competency, diversity education and demonstrated leadership initiatives that support an inclusive work environment.

Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO, received the Pioneer of Diversity and Inclusion Award at the event, where a special video tribute to him was presented by Denise Brooks-Williams, President and CEO of Bronson Battle Creek and former SJMO Vice President of Operations. 

The award is presented by the Trinity Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion to recognize a leader who has been passionate in moving forward the spirit of diversity and inclusion.  Weiner’s selection as winner of the award was based on recruitment, mentoring and developing minority and women leaders; community engagement and elimination of health disparities. Weiner also was a member of the awards selection committee.

Peg Nelson, NP-BC, PCM, Director, SJMO Pain and Palliative Care, received the Sister Catherine McAuley Soul of Diversity Award.  Nelson was chosen based on the following qualifications: cultivates and promotes diversity initiatives through specific activities, programs or projects at Trinity Health that foster a more inclusive and equitable working and learning environment; creates a positive environment for associates, patients and families; values all members; promotes individual success and associate development; promotes diverse community outreach activities to improve the lives of underserved individuals.

Toni Flowers Jefferson, SJMO Associate Vice President-Experience, Diversity and Inclusion, received the Ministry Organization Diversity Leader of the Year Award.  Qualifications for the award included: champions diversity and inclusion strategic planning and implementation; promotes community outreach for associates; develops leaders, strengthens relationships and enhances trust within the diversity communities served by Trinity; supports diverse talent recruitment, development and retention initiatives; contributes significantly to the development of a diverse, inclusive culture and advances workplace equality.

Joy Calloway, SJMO Associate Vice President of Community and Rural Network Development, was given the Paul Marceau Diversity Education and Outreach Award.  Calloway received the award based on one or more of the following:  expands outreach to the people of underrepresented populations in the community; reinforces culturally competent care at SJMO; develops leaders, strengthens relationships and enhances trust within the community; exhibits support for associate engagement and mentoring initiatives; builds capacities for ongoing change in the organization, strategies an structure of the organization, internally and externally.


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