What is IDEAL at Salem Health?

At Salem Health, we believe in Respect for People

We believe an organization demonstrating respect for people exhibits inclusion, diversity, equity and a learning culture. 

We believe inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people is recognized. An inclusive environment promotes a sense of belonging by valuing and respecting the talents, beliefs and backgrounds of every individual. 

We believe diversity is a variety of human differences: person, culture and life experience. A diverse environment honors the unique qualities of each individual and the perspective they bring to the healthcare team. 

We believe equity is just and fair, giving each person what they need to reach their full potential and optimal health. An equitable environment empowers each individual to participate, succeed and thrive. 

We believe a learning culture is where people listen, learn, continuously improve and grow. A learning culture environment nurtures meaningful dialogue, self-reflection and positive change. 



As an organization committing to inclusion, equity, diversity and a learning culture, we are creating systems to:

  • Facilitate a welcoming and accommodating environment
  • Address and respond to harmful words and actions, including those of our patients and visitors
  • Provide education, training and tools
  • Assess and address health care disparities
  • Advance equity for our workforce
  • Attract and recruit a diverse workforce
  • Increase diversity in leadership positions
  • Celebrate and learn from our differences

Advisory council

Our IDEAL advisory council provides opportunity for representation across our entire organization. The employee IDEAL Advisory Council is comprised of more than 30 employees in our organization who meet monthly. We have representation from various parts of our organization, clinical and non-clinical, and these important council members help in shaping our culture around diversity, equity and inclusion.

The IDEAL advisory council supports the closure of systemic inequity gaps across the organization. A systemic inequity gap is an intentional or unintentional system, standard, or lack of adherence to a standard, which hinders individuals or groups from participating, succeeding and thriving in their environment. The organization's IDEAL administrative team is supported by the Director of IDEAL and the executive sponsor is our Chief Legal Officer. 



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Community Health Education Center (CHEC)

Spiritual care

Career opportunities

Interpreter services

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