Diversity Council, SJML partnering to advance issues of diversity, inclusion

Nicole Matthews-Creech

The Livingston Diversity Council and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston are partnering in an effort to advance diversity and inclusion in Livingston County.

“Livingston Diversity Council is excited to partner with St. Joe’s,” said Nicole Matthews-Creech of the Livingston Diversity Council. “With the support from St. Joe’s, our council will be able to elevate our work within the county to make real, sustainable change.”

The partnership between Livingston Diversity Council and St. Joe’s enables an alliance with shared board members, educational opportunities, and collaborative learning. It will also put the Livingston Diversity Council one step closer to being able to fund a staffed position to lead and coordinate the council.

St. Joe’s launched its own diversity and inclusion council in 2020 in an effort to develop and implement strategies, feedback and guidance on goals, priorities, strategic opportunities and operational challenges pertaining to diversity and inclusion.

“As a mission-based organization, diversity and inclusion are very important to us,” said John O’Malley, president of St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and Brighton. “Our collaboration with Livingston Diversity Council will enable our organizations to share ideas, best practices, offer education to our colleagues and highlight the need for diversity and inclusion efforts in our local community.”

 “We are very pleased that St. Joe’s is doing its own work and making diversity and inclusion a priority,” said Matthews-Creech. “We recognize that this commitment to change is challenging, but when we lean on each other and do it together, like our community often does, we can make it happen.”

About Livingston Diversity Council

The Livingston Diversity Council is a grassroots organization of Livingston County business people, private citizens, educators, government officials and clergy who embrace and advocate for the virtues of diversity and inclusion. The organization is a change agent for diversity, equity, inclusion and access that collaborates, educates and empowers to build a thriving community. The group believes Livingston County will be a transformative community that embraces and empowers all people for their uniqueness and contributions. For more information about Livingston Diversity Council, visit livingstondiversity.org.

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 548-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 497-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 66-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.  Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,548 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 15,300 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $2 billion and returns about $115 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health, a leading Catholic health care system based in Livonia, Mich. Trinity Health operates in 22 states, employs about 133,000 colleagues, has annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of about $24.7 billion. Additionally, the organization returns almost $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, visit www.stjoeshealth.org

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