BioNexus KC: DEI Expert Advances Health Equity Ecosystem at Children's Mercy Kansas City
Change is complex and requires analysis, strategy, and consistency. When lofty goals are active and in play, such as being the best pediatric hospital in the country, it is necessary to lead with intentionality, dedication, and accountability. For Michelle P. Wimes, JD, SVP, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, improved health equity practice is the chance to level up patients’ and employees’ experience.
DEI and health equity are far from new concepts in corporate America, and intentionally, more progressive organizations like Children’s Mercy committed to DEI more than a decade ago. Although Wimes entered a mature DEI ecosystem when she started at Children’s Mercy, there is a different method she aims to bring. “I was thrilled to see people engaged throughout that ecosystem. I want to amplify their efforts with more evidence-based improvements and metric-driven accountability,” Wimes said. To quantify the organization’s effort, she is developing objectives around four key areas: workplace, workforce, marketplace, and community.
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