HCA Healthcare celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month
Each May, Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month commemorates the vital contributions of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and native Hawaiians to the American story and recognizes the challenges many have faced along the way.
At HCA Healthcare, we are committed to ensuring equity from the inside out by strengthening our diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion. Across our organization, Colleague Networks provide our healthcare professionals with spaces to convene around shared commonalities or experiences. To celebrate API Heritage Month, we are highlighting a few of our API Colleague Network chapter leaders. Currently being established at the division/market level, Colleague Network chapters increase opportunities for engagement and allow colleagues to step into leadership roles and develop programs and initiatives designed to positively impact the organization.
Seth Yu, Senior Counsel, HCA Healthcare
Seth Yu, Senior Counsel at HCA Healthcare’s corporate office in Nashville, Tennessee, became a chapter leader for the API Colleague Network as a great way to give back to our organization.
“We are truly fortunate to have a company that places tremendous value in community, family and colleagues,” said Seth. “It is a privilege to be able to contribute back positively and constructively.”
He believes the human connection and awareness that the API Colleague Network provides can lead to reducing anti-Asian sentiment that has risen in the United States over the past two years.
“By creating a safe space, such as Colleague Networks, to share common experiences and to connect with one another, HCA Healthcare is taking steps to restore public virtue and our value system, which, as John Adams believed, is just as important as constitutional governance,” said Seth.
In addition, Seth sees the API Colleague Network making an impact on HCA Healthcare as an extension of Dr. Frist’s statement “good people beget good people.”
“A positive and vibrant space for shared commonalities and experiences will not only connect but also grow colleagues,” said Seth. “Colleague Networks will help HCA Healthcare to both attract and retain talent who thrive from the diversity of thought and people.”
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Garima Kabra Stack, Vice President, Quality & Patient Safety, HCA Healthcare’s South Atlantic Division
Garima Kabra Stack, vice president of quality and patient safety for HCA Healthcare’s South Atlantic Division, believes leading her API Colleague Network will lead to a greater sense of belonging for colleagues and hopes to encourage API colleagues to openly share their values and cultural beliefs for further understanding.
“I myself was shy about speaking up in meetings and group settings because I thought people wouldn’t understand my accent,” said Garima. “Then, one day, one of my mentors told me that I was doing myself a disadvantage by not sharing all that I had to offer. That resonated with me, and it made me see the trust and confidence the leaders had in me and the support I had in them.”
Garima notes that especially given the world’s “global environment of divisiveness,” these networks are important to best support our Asian and Pacific Islander colleagues and communities.
Garima sees the API network impacting her division by providing a support system for colleagues to discuss concerns, challenges and share solutions.
“My vision is seeing HCA Healthcare as the preferred employer for diverse colleagues, and I am certain that the start of these networks is a big step towards success,” said Garima.
Dillon Rai, VP, Operations, Swedish Medical Center
Dillon Rai, vice president of operations at HCA Healthcare’s Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, is excited to raise awareness about the needs of the API community by leading the API Colleague Network for HCA Healthcare’s Continental Division.
“The API population is typically the smallest within the general population,” said Dillon. “As a result, it is hard to find colleagues and mentors that come from the same background as you. I hope that the API network can do good work for the community, but also help members find new colleague connections that can help them grow, develop, and advance within HCA Healthcare.”
He sees the API Colleague Network making an impact by identifying key issues within the community that can be impacted by a healthcare skillset. In fact, his division’s API Colleague Network chapter is focusing on raising awareness for healthcare disparities within the API community, such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.
“Our Colleague Network is littered with examples of relatives passing or suffering because of these preventable disparities,” said Dillon. “We can help connect API patients with HCA Healthcare clinical resources to raise the overall health of the population. We want to educate the API community on how to close these healthcare disparities and how HCA Healthcare can be their partner on their journey.”
Dillon believes HCA Healthcare can best support our API colleagues and communities by continuing to partner with market-specific organizations to show solidarity with the API community. “API members want to know that our organization sees the events happening in the country and is willing to use its voice and resources to stand behind and protect its employees.”
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HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 182 hospitals and more than 2,300 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our more than 283,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.
As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.