Garcia-Thomas named Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

October 16, 2014

New position is in addition to role as president of Aurora Foundation

Milwaukee – Cristy Garcia-Thomas has been named Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Aurora Health Care, a new position, adding to her responsibilities as president of the Aurora Foundation.

In her new position, Garcia-Thomas will partner with leaders throughout the Aurora system to incorporate diversity and inclusion into the fabric and culture of the entire health system. Her work on this front will touch all parts of the organization, including patient care and experience, caregiver recruitment and engagement, retention and organizational development to supplier diversity, marketing, community relations and service quality programs.

In her new role, Garcia-Thomas will seek input on diversity and inclusion matters from people inside and outside of Aurora Health Care to develop practical ideas that can infuse diversity and inclusion throughout the organization.

“I am enthusiastic about Cristy taking on this important position and transforming how we address diversity and inclusion in the same way she has successfully done so in just a short time with the Aurora Foundation and our community engagement efforts,” said Nick Turkal, MD, president and CEO of Aurora Health Care.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin’s most comprehensive health care provider and the state’s largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 30,000 amazing Caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

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Contact:
Adam Beeson
(414) 299-1690
adam.beeson@aurora.org

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