At Sentara, our differences are our strengths. The unique backgrounds, skills, and experiences that each Sentara colleague brings to work are what make Sentara special and what allows us to deliver excellent service and care to our patients, members, and communities.
We intentionally foster a culture of inclusion and belonging in recognition of our employees and the diverse communities we serve. We’ve been recognized as a Forbes Best Employer for New Grads (2022), Forbes Best Employer for Women (2020) and a Top Performer in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Healthcare Equality Index (2022). Sentara is proud to offer a wide range of employee benefits programs that support our diverse workforce including student debt repayment/educational assistance, a floating holiday, back-up childcare support, caregiver leave, and infertility/adoption and surrogacy reimbursement.
We offer comprehensive training and development programs that support best practices in diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency – including those around addressing unconscious bias and intercultural conflict, as well as those designed to enhance inclusivity and belonging at all levels of the organization.
Our Center for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Competency (CDICC) team partners with Sentara colleagues to implement programs and best practices to promote an inclusive culture for employees, patients, members, and the communities we serve. We also have more than a dozen active Diversity Councils across the enterprise. Guided by Sentara staff from a variety of backgrounds and job roles, the councils work to ensure a supportive and diverse team environment.