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Rich Wins National Diversity Award

Victoria-Rich-Diversity-AwardVictoria Rich, PhD, RN,  chief nurse executive, UPMC, has received the  Prism Diversity Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives. The award acknowledges her success in promoting diversity in the nursing workforce and helping advance that mission across Penn Medicine and the greater community.

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

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

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

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Victoria,” said Al Black, COO of the hospital. “Even as Victoria constantly increases her own understanding of diversity, 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 an excellent listener. There’s no question about Victoria’s commitment to patients and staff and when you see her doing that, there can be no question in your mind 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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