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BJC Connections Teams Celebrate Pride Month

June 09, 2021
June 09, 2021

Diversity and inclusion are a big part of BJC HealthCare’s identity. Our Connections groups are one way we connect our employees with each other and with BJC’s mission.

“Connections groups are not only designed to help us think about things like team member engagement and retention — they are also useful in helping us understand segments of our community and how to care for them through cultural awareness,” says Terrie Hart, BJC workforce diversity manager. “We know that disparities in health care exist, and being able to tap into our groups to support understanding the gaps is essential.”

June is Pride Month, when the world’s LGBTQ+ communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. As in years past, BJC also will be celebrating Pride Month through virtual events and celebrations for team members. These activities are all sponsored by the BJC SPECTRA Connection group — one of eight connections groups established to promote inclusiveness and connecting with others.

"I am grateful to work for BJC, because BJC has a non-discriminatory practice and offers domestic partner benefits, and I am grateful for my husband, family, co-workers and friends who are very supportive of me,” said Mark Jackson, RRT, Barnes-Jewish Hospital pulmonary rehabilitation. “I am also grateful for BJC being a part of the Pride Fest parade, when it happens, and for sponsoring the SPECTRA Connection group.”

The BJC SPECTRA Connection group is open to all BJC lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQ+) team members. SPECTRA stands for Support, Pride, Equality, Camaraderie, Trust, Respect and Alliance. The group focuses on volunteerism and training BJC team members to better support the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

We’re always looking for talented people to join our team. Learn more about the BJC Connection groups, along with other benefits of working for BJC.

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