The destination of choice for women in health care.
When you take a broad look at the health care industry, women seem to be consistently under-represented in emergency medicine, hospital medicine, observation medicine and beyond. At US Acute Care Solutions (USACS), we intend to push the industry forward with a progressive new gender diversity initiative – the first of its kind in integrated acute care.
USACS is particularly well positioned to launch this program because of our physician-owned model, which allows us to create collaborative company policies that reflect the wants and needs of our workforce. Gender diversity is not just a benefit for our team, however. It also offers benefits for the health systems we serve. When clinicians reflect the diversity of their patients, the results are better care and better outcomes.
- Become a destination employer for women
We are not assuming that we know what our female workforce wants. We are developing regional focus groups and assessing national benchmarks to identify an ideal wish list for female employees. In order to transform USACS into a destination of choice for women in health care, we plan to:
- Create management, networking and support opportunities for female leaders
- Develop a parental leave and flexible self-scheduling policy that considers the needs of all parental caregivers
- Develop a company-wide breastfeeding policy
- Consider childcare options during mandatory company meetings
- Manager Education
Developing a properly trained management staff is an essential first step in understanding the needs of women in the workforce and supporting them along their path to success. To help ensure our management team is educated on the issue of diversity and inclusion, we plan to:
- Partner with local universities and other large corporations to develop a diversity training curriculum
- Create a work environment that facilitates female representation at all levels of the organization
- Develop well-trained, high-quality managers who understand the unique needs of the women on their teams
- Create Career Pathways
We have developed a subcommittee dedicated to creating career pathways and identifying ways the company can be transparent about career opportunities for women. In partnership with our human resources department, this committee hopes to:
- Establish a standard process to publicize job openings to all qualified candidates
- Broaden application pools through continuing education and skills development training
- Create management, networking and support opportunities for women
- Build a networking system where female leaders within the company support and engage new women in leadership
Why it matters
- Women make up 50 percent of the medical student population and 40 percent of emergency medicine residents
- Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) margins at more diverse companies are 14 percent higher than in more homogeneous companies
- Gender-diverse business units have up to 46 percent higher comparable revenue rates than those dominated by one gender
- When a clinical team reflects the diverse makeup of the patients it serves, the results are consistently better outcomes
The Shift Blog
Read Dr. Patsy McNeil's blog post Becoming an Emergency Medicine Destination of Choice for Women to learn how USACS is building a better company for our providers and partners, but most of all our patients.
Ready to join the destination of choice for women in integrated acute care? USACS currently has open clinical and leadership positions around the country. Head over to the careers section of our site to apply today.