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Vidant Health hosts national conference in Greenville focused on equity and inclusion

March 21, 2019 posted by Jason Lowry

Greenville, N.C.  – Vidant Health welcomed leaders and influencers from seven other leading health systems to Greenville this week as part of a national initiative to foster equity.

Vidant’s team, led by Chief Experience Officer Dr. Julie Kennedy-Oehlert and Chief Human Resources Officer John A. Marques, hosted the two-day conference along with leaders from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on enhancing health care.

 “As the largest employer in eastern North Carolina, Vidant Health has a moral obligation to create opportunities that uplift all people,” said CEO Mike Waldrum in addressing the group. “This is also a primary focus of the care we provide. We believe culture is something you build and form, and not just accept—it’s the intentional relationships we develop, making us all leaders in fulfilling our mission of improving the health and well-being of our region.”

Vidant’s equity and inclusion initiatives are still in early stages, but Waldrum said important strides are already being made. “They are driven from the highest levels in our organization, ensuring the process has structure, executive support and funding,” he said. Vidant is closely monitoring key factors to measure and report progress.

Along with Vidant Health, the other organizations involved in this two-year Pursuing Equity initiative are:

  • HealthPartners
    Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Henry Ford Health System
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals
    Oakland, California
  • Main Line Health
    Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
  • Northwest Colorado Health
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Rush University Medical Center
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
    Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

The organizations are diverse in size, geography and patient populations they serve. All were selected for participation for their potential to transform health care to become more equitable and inclusive for all.

Media contact: Jason Lowry, 252-916-3115 or  


About Vidant Health
Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,504-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 12,500 team members, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 500 providers in more than 90 locations in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit

About the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
IHI is a leader in health and health care improvement worldwide. For more than 25 years, IHI has partnered with visionaries, leaders, and front-line practitioners around the globe to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. Recognized as an innovator, convener, trustworthy partner, and driver of results, IHI is the first place to turn for expertise, help, and encouragement for anyone, anywhere who wants to change health and health care profoundly for the better. Learn more at

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