Cambridge, Ontario – In celebration of Pride month, Cambridge Memorial Hospital has installed a Progress Pride Flag crosswalk. Located by the hospital’s main entrance, this initiative is part of its multi-step Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy that promotes its commitment to providing inclusive healthcare for all. It represents the hospital’s DEI commitment to staff and the community.
“Our goal is to always provide exceptional healthcare that is inclusive and respectful”, said Mari Iromoto, Senior Director of Strategy, Performance & Chief Information Officer. “The crosswalk is a visible sign to our community that CMH wants to be a welcoming, safe and accepting place for everyone that enters our doors. It is a step in our journey. It is a reminder of the work we have done and what we are committed to do.”
Over the past two years, CMH has put an emphasis to increasing its DEI work by establishing a Diversity Council, becoming employer partners with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, and hiring staff to lead its DEI strategy.
The Progress Pride Flag was developed by Daniel Quasar in 2018, redesigning the Pride flag to incorporate the transgender flag (pink, blue and white), and black and brown stripes to represent the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) community.