Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Gilchrist is committed to ensuring that the values of diversity, equity and inclusion are upheld in everything we do for those we have the privilege to serve.

Our Mission

To create equitable opportunities for a diverse workforce and foster an inclusive workplace that provides culturally competent care and service of the highest quality to every patient, every time with the goal of health equity for all.

Our Vision

Gilchrist recognizes the work of fostering healthy diversity, equity and inclusion practices is never over. As a continuous learning organization, we seek to apply those same practices to this work. A mission of health equity for all begins with the people and teams practicing it. By making an intentional commitment to educating our workforce on inclusive practices, both internally and externally, as well as fostering a culture of psychological safety and trust within our teams, we hope to have a workplace built on culturally competent care and equity.

A Message From Our Leadership

At Gilchrist, we are committed to a vision of providing every patient, every time with the care we would want for our own loved ones.

Embedded in this statement-is that care is provided to every patient, every time, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information and any other personal characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

We pride ourselves on being a continuous learning organization, and that applies to our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The learning for this type of work is never over, and we embrace this challenge as an opportunity.

At the heart of this vision is our people. Inclusion and diversity of thought spark innovation and inspire us. This requires us to ensure there is an opportunity for everyone to be engaged. As our community evolves, so must we as an organization. From ensuring our practices, processes and procedures reflect current times to fostering an inclusive, psychologically safe environment of trust and respect, we continue to actively evolve goals around important metrics, such as growing diversity in our leadership.

A strong, diverse workforce that feels included and respected and is also reflective of our community will get Gilchrist closer to our mission of health equity for all. We are committed to active listening to meet the needs of our community and responding with tangible change.

Public health is a right, not a privilege. That is a belief from the very top of our organization and embedded in our strategic objectives, our vision and our work. We are committed to ensuring we do the work to see that through.


Catherine Y. Hamel

Wayman Scott, MS, MTS, LGPC
Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Intentional & Continuous Learning

DEI Strategic Plan (2021-2024)

In fall 2021, GBMC HealthCare, including Gilchrist, partnered with a third-party talent management consultant group to support the development of an extensive three-year DEI Strategic Plan to address workforce, organization and health equity.

Our goals over the next three years are:

  • Continually improve workforce engagement, recruitment, and retention.
  • Design and implement a safe and equitable environment for all our workforce
  • Establish a systematic process to expand, modify or create new offerings
  • Assume accountability for more effectively managing the health of patients

DE&I Scorecard

FY 22 YTDFY22 GoalFY23 Goal
Increasing diversity in leadership28%28%25%
Increasing access to care550 new patients300 patients850 patients

Commitment to Health Equity

Gilchrist is committed to providing a safe, healing, culturally competent healthcare experience to every patient, every time, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, ability, gender identity or expression, demographic or religion.

Some of our efforts to improve health equity include:

*The DEI Outreach Team works with leaders in the healthcare system and the broader community to facilitate and consult on listening sessions.

Celebrating Our Diversity

Internal activities developed and supported by the DE&I Council at GBMC and Gilchrist aim to celebrate the diversity of the GBMC:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
  • Black History Month Celebration
  • Women’s History Month Celebration
  • LGBTQ+ – Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • Inclusive Hiring Training
  • DE&I Cultural Competency Module
  • Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Diversity & Inclusion Talk Line
  • Monthly Learning Forums
  • Monday Morning Inspirations diversity speakers


Diversity Statement

Gilchrist is committed to building an exemplary people-centered community that respects and appreciates the principles of diversity and inclusion, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and religion. For people suffering from serious and life-limiting illnesses, this is especially important. Race, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and unique life experiences, such as veteran service, may create different perspectives and customs related to death and dying. When effectively understood and integrated into our care, diversity enhances the experience of those we serve and their families. Each of our employees shares in the responsibility of creating and maintaining a work and care environment of mutual respect and support. We believe that people learn and work better when the environment is comprised of a diverse workforce in which we routinely interact with others unlike ourselves. At Gilchrist, our Diversity and Inclusion work is led by a group of dedicated individuals, representing all departments, who possess a strong commitment to equity. Through ongoing positive interactions with our own diverse workforce, our employees gain the skills and confidence to deliver people-centered, culturally competent care to members of different sexual, racial, ethnic, economic and religious groups. Diversity and Inclusion “Learning Forums” are offered throughout the year, every year, promoting the personal growth of each of our employees and our organization as a whole. We expect every employee to embrace and demonstrate the underlying values of this vision. We are committed to attracting, retaining and supporting all employees who reflect the diversity of our community. Gilchrist holds its leaders and managers accountable for developing a workplace that allows each employee to use their unique qualities to fulfill our mission. Gilchrist is committed to ensuring that the values of diversity and inclusion are upheld in everything we do for those we have the privilege to serve.

DE&I Leadership

Wayman Scott, MS, MTS, LGPC, Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Relations

DE&I Council

The DE&I Council advises on the strategic approach and tactical implementation of diversity, inclusion and equity work with the goal of furthering the Gilchrist diversity mission. It is comprised of employees at all levels and from diverse departments across the organization.


Deborah Bain, Chaplain
Wayman Scott, Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Relations

Sub Committee Chairs

Wayman Scott, MS, MTS, LGPC
Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Debbie Bain

Diane Sancilio
Director of Counseling & Support

Gena Johnson
Volunteer Services Administrator

Stacy Bellmore
Director of Marketing

Amy Hewat, LMSW
Transition Case Manager

Debbie BainChaplainSpiritual Support
Stacy BellmoreDirector of MarketingMarketing
Phil CanoClinical ManagerHospice
Robin ContinoAssociate Director of Counseling and SupportGrief Services
Nona CummingsHospice NurseHospice
Diana dela Cruz-JaffeNurse LiaisonHospice
Ericka EasleyAmbulatory Service Line AdministratorGBMC
Cathy HamelPresidentGilchrist Executive Leadership
Chaundra HamiltonHome Care NurseHospice
Randy HeltonSocial WorkerSocial Work
Sally HessAccess NurseAccess
Amy HewatTransition Case ManagerHospice
Don HohneChaplainSpiritual Support
Gena JohnsonVolunteer Services Administrative CoordinatorVolunteer
Maya JohnsonPatient Accounts SpecialistGBMC
Johnny JoynerHospice AideHospice
Renee JoynerClinical ManagerHospice
Charmaine KitchenSocial WorkerSocial Work
Michael KuiperRN AuditorHospice
Deaira LloydHealth Information Management SpecialistHealth Information Management
Jamie LynchSenior Director of PhilanthropyPhilanthropy
Donnell NelsonChaplainSpiritual Support
Jane O’HaraVolunteer Services Recruitment CoordinatorVolunteer Services
Amber PalewiczCredentialed Trainer – EpicEpic
Christie PettiClinical ManagerHospice
Lori RheubottomAssociate Director of Human ResourcesHuman Resources
Diane SancilioDirector of Counseling & SupportCounseling & Support
Wayman ScottAssociate Director of DEI and Community RelationsHospice
Kathleen SmithBusiness Development ManagerBusiness Development
Kristen StamathisPatient Experience CoordinatorGBMC
Karen ThompkinsDirector of Community PartnershipsGBMC
Lisa WalkerGBMC Chief Diversity OfficerGBMC HealthCare
Erlene WashingtonVP Chief Operating OfficerGBMC
Diane WilkinsHospice Aide SchedulerHospice
Sharmean YoungHealth Information Management SpecialistHealth Information Management

Other Diversity Workgroups

  • Gilchrist & Health Partners Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council
  • Membership Committee
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Outreach Committee
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programming Committee
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Membership Committee
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education Committee
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee