Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Director of Diversity and Inclusion to Participate in Rutgers Diversity Symposium
RWJ's Reggie Clark to Participate in "The State of Workforce Diversity 2013"
Thursday, March 28, 2013
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Director of Diversity and Inclusion Reggie Clark will be among the panelists participating in “The State of Workforce Diversity 2013,” a symposium presented by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University on April 23 at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick.
The symposium explores how today’s challenging economic environment may lead companies, institutions, governmental organizations and non-profits to embrace new public policies, best practices and legal mandates to implement and sustain effective diversity strategies. To register, please visit the Center for Work Force Development’s events page.
In his role as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at RWJUH, Mr. Clark is charged with developing hospital-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives which include ongoing training, in-service and employee orientation programs and establishing several internal Employee Networking and Resource Groups for the 600-bed academic medical center, which has a workforce of more than 5,000 employees.
“We’re excited to have Reggie as part of our RWJUH Family,” says Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System, who also serves as RWJUH’s Chief Diversity Officer. “We are proud that our diverse workforce reflects the multicultural communities we serve and Reggie brings a depth of experience as well as many creative insights and ideas that will enhance employee engagement to further benefit our patients. RWJ is committed to diversity and inclusion and it remains a priority within our strategic business initiatives. We’re proud to partner with Rutgers in this symposium.”
Mr. Clark came to RWJUH from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, where he served as Director and later Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion from 2008-2012. While there, Mr. Clark initiated and assisted in the development of the organization’s first institute-wide culture survey; conceived, established and supported ENRG (Employee Networking Resources Groups); and developed and executed training of all diversity-related subjects, including ADA, Title VII, Sexual Harassment Prevention and a curriculum of cultural sensitivity trainings.
Prior to his tenure at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, he served as Manager of Corporate Employment at Kaleida Health in Buffalo, NY and a Human Resources Representative at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, MN. He began his career in human resources as a Staffing Associate at the Anderson Corporation in Stillwater, MN.
“I am excited to be part of a nationally distinguished academic medical center that boasts such a diverse and dynamic workforce,” Mr. Clark says. “My first goal is to place more of an emphasis on inclusion than diversity. Diversity has grown to be an extremely broad concept. The key or the real work is to create a culture of inclusion and acceptance within our organization so every individual is valued.
In 2010, Mr. Clark earned the Bonny Butler Humanitarian Award (the University of Buffalo Service Award) and was a finalist for the Human Resources Professional Award, which is given by the Buffalo-Niagara Human Resources Association.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 600-bed academic medical center and the principal hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J.
RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care, from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation; cancer care; and women’s and children’s care, including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (www.bmsch.org).
The hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. It ranks among “America’s Best Hospitals,” according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 survey; it is the sixth consecutive year that RWJUH has achieved this prestigious ranking. Also in 2012, U.S.News & World Report ranked BMSCH among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH among the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest, and has given the hospital an “A” grade for safety and quality. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence