Victoria-Rich-Diversity-AwardVictoria Rich, PhD, RN, chief nurse executive, UPMC, hasreceived the  Prism Diversity Award from the AmericanOrganization of Nurse Executives. The award acknowledges her success in promoting diversityin the nursing workforce and helping advance that mission across Penn Medicineand the greater community.

At the event celebrating this recognition, Rita K. Adeniran, DrNP, director of HUP Diversity andInclusion, spoke about growing up in a remotevillage in Africa and reaching her current position as HUP’s global nurse ambassador. “Onlyin America is my story possible,” she said.“HUP nursing and Dr. Rich are committed toupholding the values our forefathers laid to us.” 

In his nomination letter, HUP executive director Garry Scheibnoted, “Dr. Rich embodies the ideals of this award. She is passionate aboutsocial justice, inclusivity, and brings ethics every day in decision-makingprocesses, community engagement, and global partnerships.”

Richestablished the Global Nurse Program in 2003 as a resource center to addressdiversity in nursing and leadership roles along with global nursing issues.This program led to several other initiatives, including the Nursing CulturalCompetence Committee, the Circle of Women, the Seedling Program and the GlobalNurse Ambassador’s role at HUP.

“Ican’t think of anyone more deserving than Victoria,” said Al Black, COO of thehospital. “Even as Victoria constantly increases her own understanding ofdiversity, she makes the effort to move others forward as she moves forward,and that’s one of the true tests of a leader. She’s been an innovator and anexcellent listener. There’s no question about Victoria’s commitment to patientsand staff and when you see her doing that, there can be no question in yourmind about how deeply she cares about equality for all.” 

Photo above: Victoria Rich (center) with some of the many who celebrated her receiving the Prism Diversity Award (l. to r.): CEO Ralph Muller; Al Black; Afaf Meleis, dean of Penn’s School of Nursing; Rita Adeniran; and Garry Scheib.

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