Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

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.

Diverse Patient Community: Embracing Inclusivity in Care

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 Maryland Health Equity Resource Act, Institute of Healthcare Improvement Participant, Health Equality Index Participant, Let’s Lead Participant, Listening Sessions.

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.

Diversity Workgroups

To support our mission of fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where all employees feel valued, respected, and empowered, we have established several diversity workgroups. Through these initiatives, we strive to create a culture of belonging where every individual can thrive and contribute to our shared mission of providing compassionate care to our patients and community.

Employee Spotlight

Meet Wayman Scott, our Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Relations. With a passion for fostering belonging and equity, Wayman brings invaluable insight and dedication to our team. Through his leadership, we continue to strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion, ensuring that every voice is heard and valued in our workplace and community.

Fostering Inclusion and Equity in Our Workplace

Celebrating Our Diversity

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


Diversity Workgroups

Employee Resource Groups

GREATER Pride supports our LGBTQ+ workforce as well as internal and external initiatives and efforts that foster inclusion and health equity.

Black Alliance is made up of staff members and their allies who come to address the needs of our black workforce and patients. The purpose of this group is to foster an inclusive workplace, offer employees education and development opportunities, contribute to patients’ experiences and develop existing diverse talent at GBMC.

Women’s Leadership Alliance is dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of the women of GBMC by creating an environment that supports, empowers, and strengthens their ability to succeed in their role.  The mission is to build an inclusive community that raises awareness of the issues facing women in our workplace and offers development, resources, networking, and mentoring opportunities.

A Message from our DEI 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—and what we would like to make bold in this message—is that care is provided to every patient, every time, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, ability, gender identity or expression, demographic, economic position or religion. Everyone deserves a safe, healing, culturally competent healthcare experience. 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, MA
Executive Vice President of Continuing Care and President of Gilchrist
Wayman Scott, MS, MTS, LGPC, Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Relations
Debbie Cole, BCC, M.Div.
Chaplain – Home Care Pine Co-chair – Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council