Mass General Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Because of diversity we will excel. We think broadly about diversity and everything that makes us unique. It is core to our mission. Our differences make the MGH a more interesting and distinctive environment in which to work and are an important means of providing the very best care to every one of our patients, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, life experiences, geographic backgrounds, skills and talents among others. We will not excel without recognizing and appreciating everyone’s perspectives. 

Through inclusion we will respect. Together we work hard to make this hospital a diverse and inclusive place of healing. Encouraging a broad range of opinions, ideas and perspectives drives creativity, innovation and excellence. Our continued engagement in our nationally recognized initiatives and programs highlights our commitment to diversity and inclusion. But this ongoing work will not be complete until every employee, every patient, every family member, every visitor feels safe, respected, welcome, comfortable, supported and accepted within our walls. 

Focused on equity we will serve, heal, educate and innovate. Our job is to improve health and save lives, regardless of what our patients or colleagues look like, where they come from, what they believe, or who they love. Issues of equity and justice are not separate but rather intertwined with patient care, education, research, and community health. Targeting inequality enhances the quality of care for all. We believe in treating our patients and each other with the dignity that every human being deserves.

 ‘I am MGH’

Whether by train, bus, car, bike, on foot or by internet connection, MGH staff come together at MGH each day with one common goal – providing and supporting the very best in patient care. These individuals bring with them different skills, perspectives, and backgrounds. As part of the MGH’s ongoing focus on diversity and inclusion hospitalwide, staff share their personal stories about what makes them unique, how their differences enhance their ability to help colleagues, patients and visitors to the hospital, and what their goals are for the future. This is the first installment in the “I am MGH” series. >Read more
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Much work has gone into the areas of diversity and inclusion at Mass General.

The MGH Annual Report on Equity in Healthcare Quality monitors several key components of quality by race, ethnicity, and language. It was developed in response to The IOM Report Crossing the Quality Chasm, which identifies equity – the principle that quality of care should not vary by race, ethnicity, or gender, among other characteristics – as one of six pillars of quality. Although race and ethnicity data have been collected routinely at the MGH for several years, this data was not routinely analyzed or reported prior to developing this report in 2005. The AREHQ was one of the first of its kind in the nation and is now produced annually. >Read the 2016-2017 Equity Report

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Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of Massachusetts General Hospital, delivered a keynote address “Toward a More Just Society and Health Care System: The Role of Academic Medical Centers” at the 126th Association of American Medical Colleges annual meeting.

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