Diversity Initiative

HCE Diversity Initiative Overview:

In 2012, HCE embarked upon one of its most important initiatives: increase diversity awareness in the local healthcare market.  HCE values and desires to actively promote diversity in its leaders, affiliates, and staff because diverse participation can serve as a catalyst for improved decision making, increased productivity, and a competitive advantage.

Further, HCE works to foster an inclusive environment that recognizes the contributions and supports the advancement of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability. An inclusive environment can enhance the quality of healthcare, improve hospital/community relations, and positively affect the health status of society.

To actively lead the diversity activities, the HCE established a 19-person Leadership through Diversity Committee (LDC).  The LDC is made up of a group of the competent minority leaders that represent various healthcare organizations and educational institutions in the local healthcare market.

HCE Diversity Initiative Objectives: 

  • To support the American College of Healthcare Executives’ efforts in promoting Diversity in Healthcare Management
  • To enhance the collaboration of HCE with affinity groups and individuals
  • To encourage a more diversified HCE membership base, more consistent with the demographic make-up of the Southern California community
  • To support the professional development of Latino, Asian, African-American and other affinity group healthcare executives
  • To provide various diversity-focused programs to promote diversity and inclusion in the Southern California Healthcare industry

HCE Leadership Through Diversity Committee:

Benga Agbelemose         Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center – San Pedro

Joselin Escobar               Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Salvador Esparza            Cal State University, Northridge

Delvecchio Finley            UCLA Medical Center

Luis Fonseca                   LAC+USC Medical Center

E. Ann Lee

Mike Low                        London Pacific & Partners, Inc.

Mark Maramba                Bright Health Physicians of PIH

Jorge Orozco                   Rancho Los Amigos National Rehab Center

Ralph Oyaga                    L.A. Care Plan

Carlos Priestly                 Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center – San Pedro

Eleanor Ramirez              Saint John’s Health Center

Carolyn Rhee                   UCLA Olive View Medical Center

Pattie Soltero                   Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

Allen Suh                         VA Greater Los Angeles Health System

Alex Villarruz                   Saint John’s Health Center

Jon Yipp                           MDS Consulting

Ellen Zaman                     Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

HCE Diversity Programs:

April26, 2012

Diversity and Inclusion (ACHE Face-to-Face Program)

June 26, 2012

The Art of Networking

October, 2012

Cultural Competency and Patient-Centered Care Delivery 

HCE Diversity Award Programs Offered by ACHE (more information to be followed):

3-month minority internship

The Albert W. Dent Student Scholarships

HCE Diversity Affiliates:

Asian HealthCare Leaders Association

National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives