We believe it is important to provide job opportunities for residents of the neighborhoods surrounding our hospitals. Since 1998, we have increased the
number of racial and ethnic minorities in our workforce by 161 percent. Lifespan’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our guiding
values of respect and fairness.
Lifespan created the Stepping Up program in the fall of 2007 to help community residents (especially residents of South Providence) gain the education and
skills needed for job opportunities in health care through classroom training, internships and career counseling. The Stepping Up program also helps
entry-level employees at Lifespan facilities gain the training and education necessary to advance their careers. The program is a partnership among Rhode
Island Hospital, the United Nurses and Allied Professionals labor union, and Women & Infants Hospital.
Our youth development program began in the early 1970’s. In the last nine years, we have provided 566 youth—the vast majority of whom are students in the
Providence public school system—with paid summer employment. While many of these youth pursue post-secondary education, we have hired 34 percent of our
summer youth into permanent jobs.