PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute for Diversity in Health Management, presented ARAMARK with its 2012 Outstanding Corporate Sponsor award for the company's contribution to the future of healthcare and its commitment to diversity. The company is recognized for its International Healthcare Administrative Fellowship, which offers diverse candidates the opportunity to complete administrative Fellowships in some of the top hospitals around the world.
"We are very pleased to receive this honor," said John Babiarz, President and COO of ARAMARK's Healthcare businesses. "Our Fellowship program is in its 4th year and we are proud to offer our hospital partners the opportunity to work with some of the best rising healthcare leaders to explore innovative ways to address today's top concerns such as cost efficiency and patient satisfaction."
Created by ARAMARK in conjunction with the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, the International Healthcare Administrative Fellowship for Clinical Support Services program is a year-long, post-graduate, administrative fellowship that focuses on the vital connection between the delivery of care and the environment where it is delivered. In collaboration with ARAMARK partner hospitals, the fellowship offers a developmental opportunity in hospital administration, experiential learning with ARAMARK's perspective on clinical support services and translational research with leading academics.
The program involves educational opportunities geared to diversity management, including access to the resources of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an American Hospital Association affiliate.
"Our underlying goal in contributing to this Fellowship is to promote diversity at the executive level in health care leadership," said Fred Hobby, President and CEO of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management. "We are honoring ARAMARK because the organization has taken a leadership role in creating important Fellowship opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds."
The Fellowship supports ARAMARK's global strategy for diversity and inclusion, which involves hiring, retaining and developing a diverse workforce; maintaining a workplace culture that values and leverages differences and similarities; aligning client solutions with the changing demographics of its customers; and supporting key community segments that align with its business goals.
"Our commitment to global diversity and inclusion remains vital as we serve our clients, customers and communities. This wonderful acknowledgement further reinforces the positive impact today and in the future that our strategic partnership with the Institute creates," said Christina Estrada, Global Chief Diversity Officer at ARAMARK .
ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. The company is among FORTUNE magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies," and is recognized as one of America's Largest Private Companies by both FORTUNE and Forbes magazines. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 250,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at the company's website, www.aramark.com, or www.twitter.com/aramarknews.