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Diversity at Summa

Embracing diversity is an important goal at Summa.  Understanding and appreciating our similarities and differences allows us to maximize individual and corporate success. 

We are committed to recognizing and utilizing individual talents and skills to deliver compassionate, quality care to our most valuable customers – our patients – and to each other

What is Diversity?

Diversity is generally thought to be cultural or racial, when in fact it is much more complex . Diversity and Inclusion at Summa Health System is built around a definition of diversity which states: “Diversity is the sum of individual, personal and organizational dimensions that we share in common and those that make us different and unique” (Gardenswartz and Rowe).  Those dimensions include not only the physical such as age, race, gender, sexual orientation and values such as beliefs, spirituality, culture, religion and practices; but also dimensions characterized as relational, occupational, societal and  cognitive. 

SUMMA’S DIVERSITY VISION:  To be recognized as having a caring and diverse environment exemplifying a satisfied and engaged workforce and community.  


    • To eliminate all behavior motivated by prejudice or lack of understanding.

    • To take a leadership role in all levels of the organization to create and sustain an environment that actively embraces diversity.

    • To hold all individuals associated with Summa Health System accountable for actions and decisions impacting the achievement of Summa’s Diversity Vision.

    • To utilize the successes in diversity to assist Summa Health System in becoming the provider and employer of choice in the community we serve.