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More than 37 Different Languages Spoken at Reading Hospital

by Tower Health

Jan 29, 2020
World Cultures

West Reading, PA. – The Reading Hospital’s Diversity & Inclusion Council recently conducted an informal survey and discovered that employees speak at least 37 different languages at Reading Hospital.

Approximately 225 employees responded to the survey asking them to reply with “hello” in their first language. While 32 respondents answered in English, 193 employees responded in other languages. The top five non-English languages were Spanish (94 responses), French (11 responses), Romanian (9 responses), Vietnamese (9 responses), and African-Creole (8 responses). The full list is available below.

The Council conducted this voluntary survey during its initial fact-finding and inquiry phase of development. It hopes to use this information as part of its effort to continue ensuring a working environment where all people feel not only included but appreciated for their individuality.

“Reading Hospital is proud of our diverse workforce, reflecting the multi-cultural community that we serve,” said William M. Jennings, President and Chief Executive Officer, Reading Hospital and Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Council. “Better understanding who our employees are will help us create an inclusive environment where everyone is encouraged to share and celebrate both their differences and similarities.”

“The Diversity & Inclusion Council’s work is just getting started,” said Desha Dickson, Associate Vice President, Community Wellness, Reading Hospital and Co-Chair of the Council. “We understand the importance of our mission and how supporting employee diversity upholds Reading Hospital’s core values while also enriching the patient experience and the quality of care we deliver.”

Diversity encompasses a wide array of attributes including religion, ethnicity, age, race, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, personality, and style. Reading Hospital formed the Diversity & Inclusion Council in 2019 for the purpose of fostering a culture that is welcoming and accepting of everyone’s unique background, perspective, and experience at Reading Hospital.

The Council includes more than 20 employees representing all levels of the Hospital’s clinical, support, and administrative functions.

“Hello” Survey Results

Spanish: 94Bulgarian: 1
English: 32Polish: 4
Vietnamese: 9German: 2
Shona (Zimbabwe): 1Punjabi: 1
Telugu: 4French: 11
Tamil: 1Tagalog (Philippines): 4
Maasai: 1Portuguese: 1
Yoruba  : 4Arabic: 2
Romanian: 9Azeri (former Soviet Union): 1
Irish: 1Amharic (Ethiopian): 1
Gujarati: 1Mandingo (West Africa): 1
Russian: 4Armenian: 1
Jamaican: 1Greek: 1
Italian: 4Patois: 2
Hmong: 2Fula: 1
Albanian: 1African-Creole: 8
Hindu: 7Korean: 1
Kiswahili: 1Teme:   1
Chinese (Mandarin): 4

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