The mission of St. Luke’s Hospital is to improve the quality of life for our patients and the community. We live this mission by offering a broad range of services and quality patient care through the efforts of exceptional people, all while keeping a strong focus on our commitment to the broader community.
Celebrating diversity — among our patients, staff/leadership and beyond — is important in helping us achieve our mission. Reflecting the richly diverse community we serve in our hospital community makes a positive impact on the overall well-being of our patients and the community as a whole.
Specifically, persons who are African-American are key members of our hospital team, including those who work directly with patients as well as those in leadership positions within the hospital and on our board of directors. Managers have the opportunity to participate in training related to diversity, and soon all employees will be able to benefit from a similar program.
In an effort to help cultivate diverse healthcare professionals and leaders of the future, St. Luke’s has participated in SLIP, the St. Louis Internship Program, since 1996. SLIP’s mission includes providing inspiration, support, professional development and training to underserved high school students, most of whom are minority students, so they can obtain valuable internships in professional settings. As a proud corporate partner, St. Luke’s helps the students realize their potential by exposing them to healthcare job opportunities and providing them with meaningful work during eight-week summer internships.
St. Luke’s also celebrates diversity in terms of gender. Women are included in leadership roles within the hospital and on our board. In terms of community outreach, we celebrate the health of both men and women, but because women typically take care of everyone else in their lives first and themselves last, St. Luke’s encourages women to take action for their health and the health of their families through a program called Spirit of Women. St. Luke’s is the only Spirit of Women hospital in St. Louis, which means we are committed to providing exceptional women’s services, education and community outreach programs.
There are many other ways St. Luke’s celebrates diversity. We respect the contributions of those with diverse developmental abilities. Through the Productive Living Board, we support the hiring and retention of individuals with developmental disabilities.
As a faith-based organization, we provide pastoral care for all faiths. Additionally, patients of all income levels are served by St. Luke’s. As a not-for-profit hospital, we provide care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay according to our financial assistance policy. And St. Luke’s Pediatric Care Center in North St. Louis County provides ongoing primary medical care for underserved children.
These are just a few of the many ways St. Luke’s celebrates diversity in order to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients and the community we serve.
Vicki Wroblewski is St. Luke’s Hospital Assistant Director of Human Resources.