October 10, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Out of more than 1,100 participating institutions, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center was recently named “Best in Class” by the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management, in recognition for advancements in key areas promoting equitable care.

As part of “Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmarking Study of U.S. Hospitals,” a national survey of hospitals was conducted to examine actions taken to address health disparities and improve diversity. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center was honored for improving leadership diversity within the health system and eliminating disparities in patient care and the community.

“This is a wonderful recognition of how diversity and inclusion is central to OSU Wexner Medical Center's drive for excellence and innovation to better serve our local and global community. This award would not have been possible without the strong support of Ohio State leadership and the great work being done daily by our excellent faculty, staff and community partners,” said Dr. Leon McDougle, chief diversity officer at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.

The Ohio State University College of Medicine, was appointed the health system’s first chief diversity officer in July 2013.  

“Dr. McDougle develops, coordinates and promotes diversity efforts throughout the Medical Center. We are at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity in medicine and eliminate health disparities in those we serve, and this honor is a reflection of Dr. McDougle’s leadership” said Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, senior vice president for health sciences at Ohio State and chief executive officer of the Medical Center.

Contact: Sherri Kirk, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, or Sherri.Kirk@osumc.edu