Diversity, Health Equity and Inclusion

Baystate Health’s mission is to improve the health of the people in our communities every day with quality and compassion.  Confronting racism and bias behaviors is critical to achieving this mission.  We are committed to continuing to learn, grow, and examine our systems and behaviors to ensure they advance equity and shared prosperity for our employees and those in our communities.

The work we do every day at Baystate Health is guided by core values of respect, integrity, teamwork and life-long learning. We define our value of respect as honoring the dignity of all people.  We know that honoring the dignity of our diverse workforce leads to innovative thinking and cultural humility in the care of our patients.

We are one Baystate Health community, advancing care and enhancing lives.

We are dedicated to achieving equity in the hiring, promotion and retention of employees as we seek to better represent the communities Baystate Health serves. We have specific goals focused on the hiring, retention and inclusion of Black and Hispanic employees to address identified gaps when compared to White and Asian employees. Other inclusive strategies support financial prosperity for employees and their families, and a safe and inclusive experience for LGBTQIA+ employees, patients and visitors. We remain focused on the safe and equitable care of all the people we serve.

Business Resource Groups (BRGs), led by employees across Baystate Health in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Health Equity and Inclusion, celebrate diversity and positively impact Baystate Health’s patient care mission by elevating voices and working together to build an inclusive, collaborative workplace.

What we say matters, yet what we do about it is what makes a difference.  We invite you to join us in making a difference at Baystate Health.

Learn more about how we are advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at Baystate Health here or by reading the publications below:

  1. Baystate Workforce DEI Snapshot – 2022
  2. Baystate Workforce DEI Snapshot – 2021
  3. Fall 2023 DEI Briefing
  4. February 2023 DEI Briefing

We strive to create meaningful connections that inspire and cultivate a culture in which we all belong.

Let’s bring light into our hearts and spread that light to all we encounter – those we love and those we have a hard time loving, those with whom we agree and those with whom we do not. We are all worthy of love.
– Rabbi Kenneth Hahn, Spiritual Services

Dignity is within each of us. Honoring dignity belongs to all of us.

Diversity is the way in which we differ as individuals or organizations. While we are diverse in multiple ways, our commonalities bring us together. This combination helps us to work collaboratively to succeed individually and as an organization.

#elevatingdignity #onebaystate

“I have been a proud ally for many years, and [my participation in the LGBTQ+ Pride BRG] allowed me to explore new education about how I can be a stronger ally for members of our community.”
– Kristina Pise, MPH, BS, LCCE, Patient Experience Manager

“Launching our new Baystate Health Wellness on Wheels (WoW) mobile health unit has been a true testament to Baystate Health’s commitment to equity. Every day is an opportunity for growth in learning as we work towards improving the health in our communities.”
– Kelly Lamas, MPH, Mobile Health Project Coordinator, UMMS-Baystate

“The mission of the hospital to ‘improve the health of the people in our communities every day with quality and compassion’ is not just a saying, but weaved into the fibers of how we train staff in providing care to all.”
– Michele Johansson, MSN, RN, CNL, CEN, Nurse Manager, Emergency Room, Baystate Wing Hospital

I am delighted for this opportunity to return to Baystate Health to serve as the Chief Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion Officer and advance the imperative work that is foundational to equity and inclusion: access and delivery of quality healthcare services, reduction of health disparities, and creation of an inclusive environment for all. Each one of us plays an important role in this journey – and I look forward to working throughout the enterprise and community to lead Baystate Health’s efforts to build and advance our collective long-term vision and strategies together.

~ Tyonne D. Hinson, DrPH, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Diversity, Health Equity, Inclusion are critical to fulfilling our organizational mission. Our vision is to integrate the core tenets of DHEI into every aspect of care and human interaction to create a culture of inclusivity and belonging, equitable care delivery, and economic prosperity for all patients, families, employees, clinicians, and members of our community.