OTTUMWA–The Acute Rehab Unit at Ottumwa Regional Health Center recently facilitated training on cultural diversity for all ORHC staff called “Improving Patient Care Through Cultural Competency”. Himar Hernandez from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office spoke with staff about what defines different cultures, such as shared experiences of a people, including language, values, customs and beliefs that form unique worldviews. He also talked with the group about diversity with respect to age, socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender, race, spiritual practices and other human differences.
“The goal of this training is to bring attention to how an awareness of diversity and culture in our patients can help us define and deliver the best care for that patient,” said Robin Honomichl, Director of Acute Rehab at ORHC. “This is required training in our program and we wanted to offer it to our colleagues as well because it impacts all aspects of patient care.”