Intermountain Healthcare Selects Nationally Recognized Diversity Leader as First Health System Equity Director

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After an extensive national search, Intermountain Healthcare selected Tiffany Capeles, a nationally recognized diversity leader, as its first Chief Health System Equity Officer.

Capeles, who has extensive experience in diversity in healthcare, will lead Intermountain’s efforts, which were launched several years ago, to expand healthcare equity, diversity and inclusion for caregivers, patients and the communities it serves across its seven-state footprint.

“Intermountain is committed to leading the country in eliminating health disparities and improving the health of everyone in our communities. Tiffany’s leadership and strong track record of achieving greater health equity has earned her the respect of our healthcare peers and well-deserved national recognition,” said Marc. Harrison, MD, President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare. “Whether it’s tackling the social determinants of health or advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives, we’re excited to have her join our team to continue addressing these key elements of care.” .

At Intermountain, equity is one of the core values ​​of the health system which recognizes that equity and inclusion are essential to healing and health care.

In addition to focusing on community inclusion, Capeles will work closely with Intermountain’s office of equity and inclusion to refine the caregiver equity strategy. Her role will focus on care environments and creating equity and belonging at work.

“Tiffany’s insightful approach and experience aligns well with our four pillars as we advance equity for our patients, members, caregivers and communities,” said Mikelle Moore, Senior Vice President and Director of Community Health for Intermountain. “She will provide visionary leadership that will continue to focus on equity as a social determinant of health to help people live the healthiest lives possible.

Capeles comes to Intermountain from CHRISTUS Health, a Texas-based international health system, where she was the director of health equity, diversity and inclusion. In this role, she led efforts to improve patient health outcomes and led the diversity and inclusion strategy within the system.

Her work at CHRISTUS has resulted in the organization receiving numerous national awards, designations and recognitions in the areas of health equity, diversity and inclusion.

In 2021 Capeles won the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives Career Achievement Award and in 2020 was named one of the Top 25 Emerging Leaders by Modern healthcare and received the 2019 Tomorrow’s Leaders Award from the Catholic Healthcare Association.

“I am very pleased to join Intermountain to help continue the important work that is already underway to ensure that all of the communities we serve receive the best possible care and feel welcomed and included in their experiences with Intermountain. We have a wonderful base here to build on,” she said.

Prior to joining CHRISTUS Health, Capeles held several positions with Children’s Health in Texas and Adventist HealthCare in Maryland. She is active in the communities she serves, both in health care and as a former Texas City Commissioner.

Capeles received an MBA in finance from Hood College in Maryland and completed his undergraduate studies in health care administration at Kent State University in Ohio.

This press release was provided by Intermountain Healthcare.

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