Qual­ity HealtH­care is Best de­liv­ered lo­cally

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‘‘cen­tene is a mis­sion-driven com­pany with a shared com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing high­qual­ity care to our mem­bers,” says Wade rakes, chief di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion of­fi­cer. as the na­tion’s largest health­care provider for medi­care, med­i­caid, mil­i­tary fam­i­lies and the Health in­surance mar­ket­place, cen­tene — 41,200 em­ploy­ees through­out 31 states — cares for more than 12.8 mil­lion mem­bers in com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing their lo­cally or­ga­nized sub­sidiaries.

“We’ve had a di­verse work­force since our in­cep­tion. We em­ploy the top tal­ent in our field, with a di­verse ar­ray of back­grounds, skills and abil­i­ties,” re­ports rakes. not sur­pris­ingly, cen­tene’s work­force — from the board and the ex­ec­u­tive team to the new­est re­cruit — is di­verse and in­clu­sive. “mi­nori­ties make up over 50% of our work­force, and more than 70% of our man­agers are women,” says rakes.

es­tab­lish­ing five em­ployee in­clu­sion groups has been a high­light of 2018. “We have 3,500 em­ploy­ees in those groups,” says rakes, “ad­vanc­ing their pro­fes­sional and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, cham­pi­oning in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and ser­vices, and sus­tain­ing the com­pany’s re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion suc­cesses.”

cen­tene’s ceo, michael nei­dorff, chairs cen­tene’s ex­ec­u­tive di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion coun­cil and takes the di­verse per­spec­tives of the five em­ployee in­clu­sion groups un­der close con­sid­er­a­tion. He also serves as the chair­man of the na­tional ur­ban league. “michael is with­out a doubt the great­est cham­pion of di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion at cen­tene and in the global busi­ness com­mu­nity,” says rakes. “this phi­los­o­phy is crit­i­cal to the suc­cess of our com­pany.”

cen­tene is part of the s&P 500 in­dex, ranked #61 on the 2018 for­tune 500 list, and ranked #19 on the 2017 for­tune change the World list. cen­tene has also been rec­og­nized by di­ver­sity, inc., dis­abil­ity equal­ity in­dex, and Hu­man rights cam­paign as a best or note­wor­thy com­pany to work for in 2018.

con­cludes rakes: “from a re­sults per­spec­tive, we have seen that the work that we are do­ing is be­ing rec­og­nized by the best in the in­dus­try. the di­verse ideas, ex­pe­ri­ences and cul­tures of our em­ploy­ees drive our mis­sion to de­liver a full spec­trum of high-qual­ity health­care so­lu­tions.”

Wade Rakes, Cen­tene’s Chief Di­ver­sity and In­clu­sion Of­fi­cer, speaks with Michael F. Nei­dorff, Cen­tene’s Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer

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