McLaren Oakland wins diversity award from Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce

McLaren Oakland, one of the largest employers in Pontiac, was announced as the winner of the Diversity & Inclusion Pacesetter Award from the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce during its annual Silver & Gold Awards presentation.

Sponsored by Faurecia North America, the award is presented to an organization “that promotes and facilitates a culture of diversity and inclusion in the categories of work environment, career development, training, networking, and mentoring.”

Winners were announced and recognized during a live virtual broadcast on Dec. 7. The award was created to honor local business leaders in the areas of innovation, leadership and community involvement.

“Being recognized for our diversity and inclusion program during a time when there is such a focus on these effort across all industries is truly a point of pride for our entire organization,” said Margaret Dimond, Ph.D., president and CEO of McLaren Oakland. “While it’s an honor to be recognized for these efforts, the real impact will be those that are felt within our organization as we continue to develop and advance those who have been overlooked or underrepresented in the past.”

McLaren Oakland has a history of championing diversity among its workforce, forming a hospital-based chapter of the McLaren Health Care system-level Diversity and Inclusion Council, of which Dimond is a member.

One of the hospital’s most visible inclusion efforts was its assist in the opening of EveryBody by Dutton Farms. A retail store operating in a hospital-owned spaced, Dutton Farms is local organization with a mission of “removing barriers to employment and community access for adults with developmental disabilities by creating work opportunities.” McLaren Oakland committed to leasing the space to EveryBody for three years for $1 per year.

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About McLaren Oakland

McLaren Oakland is a 328-bed medical center that provides primary and specialty healthcare services to the greater Pontiac and Oakland County community. Founded in 1953, McLaren Oakland has grown to a comprehensive medical community that includes outpatient facilities in Clarkston and Oxford, in addition to an inpatient hospital in Pontiac providing a range of clinical services including emergency and trauma care, cardiology, cancer services, minimally invasive robotic surgery and orthopedic services. With a network of more than 300 physicians, McLaren Oakland owns a network of employed physician offices throughout Oakland County and a nursing home in Lake Orion. McLaren Oakland is a Level II verified trauma center and an accredited stroke center. McLaren Oakland offers AOA approved residency and fellowship programs in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family practice, general surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, podiatry, radiology, and otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery.

About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 13 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 630,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 26,000 employees and more than 52,500 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula.