Friday, October 30, 2009

For My Grandmother...

I dedicate this video to my grandmother, Norma Glass, a white woman who was never afraid to sit on the back of the bus. Grandma - rest in peace.

Sign the petition today - - and please, tell everyone to do the same.

Thank you.

Alan L. Bounville

PS Next week I will be sharing some disturbing emails I have received since this process began - and some from people you would not guess would be against receiving this information.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thank you to University of Central Florida's SAFE Group

I would like to say thank you to the University of Central Florida's SAFE (Students Advocating for Equality) group for promoting this blog and the petition encouraging Orlando Health to be more culturally competent. Here is what they sent out to their members this week as part of their LGBTQ pride week agenda:

"All week:
Healthcare for GLBTQ people here in Orlando
Alan Bounville, an incredible activist here in our Orlando community, uses his voice each and every day to “break apart the ‘good ole boy’ network” at Orlando Health. Check out his blog and, if interested, sign the petition to support inclusion of LGBTQ diversity at Orlando Health.


Again - Asia Equality Russell and team - thanks!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Why I Call Orlando Health Leaders Bigots - and New Information about MD Anderson Cancer Center

As you will see in this week's video, a lot has been discovered in the past seven days. After watching the video check out the below links to learn more.

Here is a link that shows the new Office of Institutional Diversity at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas - an affiliate to MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando.

Why is it MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas has this office and MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando does not?

Here is a link for you to research people you know who signed petitions in Florida, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Oregon and soon Washington that oppress people in those states.

Here is a link to learn more about Ryan Skipper (referenced in the video).

For press inquires about the movement encouraging Orlando Health to be more culturally competent please contact:

Alan L. Bounville
Former Orlando Health employee and current donor

Monday, October 12, 2009

Orlando Health Bigoted Leaders and National Equality March

Here is your weekly video documenting the movement to encourage Orlando Health to be more culturally competent.

Orlando Health - doing the minimum required under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, OPHS Office of Minority Health's National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care is not enough. Because this is what you teach your health care deliverers – I will continue to bring the voices of change.

You can compare Orlando Health's training material to the national standards here:

Orlando Health’s Cultural Competence in Healthcare Self-Learning Packet 2008:

Link to National Standards:

Notice how in Orlando Health's training packet they are focused on the 'liabilities' of not providing the bare minimum (the four culturally competent care federal requirements) instead of just coming out and saying it - The more they don't provide culturally competent care - THE MORE PATIENTS THEY KILL – AND IT’S OK TO KILL PATIENTS FOR WHOM ORLANDO HEALTH DOES NOT GET FEDERAL FUNDING. Also notice the truncated definition of cultural competence at the beginning of the packet. I'm not sure about you, but when I quote something - I QUOTE IT - I don't alter a quote!

And finally - notice how the term "sexual orientation" is never once mentioned in their packet, but the words "race" and "ethnicity" are mentioned many times. It appears to Orlando Health LGBT people are part of a non-existent culture in Central Florida. Hmm - that's interesting - SINCE WE ARE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN EVERYWHERE AND ARE BECOMING MORE VISIBLE THAN EVER AND MORE WILLING EVERYDAY TO SHARE OUR STORIES AND MAKE YOU LISTEN TO US!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Billy Manes Article on This Movement

From Orlando Weekly's Billy Manes:

"Orlando Health – the parent company to the Orlando Regional Medical Center, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and the Winnie and Arnold Palmer health complexes, among others – has come under fire in recent months for not keeping up with times, or other local employers, by tiptoeing through the dicey terrain of diversity training. According to Alan Bounville, a “former Orlando Health team member and donor in good standing with the organization,” as the area’s fifth largest employer, Orlando Health should step up to the level of Disney and Universal in incorporating multicultural training into their employment rubric.

Following failed attempts to convince the corporate suits otherwise, Bounville has launched a petition campaign to pressure Orlando Health into being more PC. According to his e-mails, the organization currently ignores ethnicity training, forbids employees from forming discussion groups on diversity,does not protect gender identity for employees or patients, lacks domestic partner benefits, and, while it does boast a nondiscrimination policy for staff, it lacks the same in its patients’ bill of rights. Bounville’s quest has drawn endorsements from Equality Florida, and the Metropolitan Business Association; as of last week, the petition had garnered more than 100 signatures (although some on Bounville’s e-mail list are threatening legal action if they aren’t removed, something Bounville wouldlove). And nothing is happening.

On to Plan B, then. Bounville and company are threatening to crash a Sept. 26 block party celebrating the 20th anniversary of Arnold Palmer Medical Center and the 11th annual “Miracle Mile” runs preceding the party with picket signs, petitions and promotions.

The folks at Orlando Health have until Sept. 19 to come up with a “viable” plan and present it to both Bounville and the public. Then, and only then, will they be able to avoid the rhetorical posterboard and public humiliation that will make them feel less than human. Like their employees."

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

First Weekly Video 'Showing' the Growing Support

Here is the first video that recaps this movement to date and leads into my weekly commitment to 'show' the growing support for this movement.

Orlando Health - How many voices need to be heard for change to take place?



You can also watch a bigger version of the video at:


Since Orlando Health ignored the call to action in the proposal presented to them as early as February, 2009, a petition was created to shame them into change.

Orlando Health wants voices to do what is right - we'll bring them voices.

The Beginning - The Ignored Proposal

The proposal that was presented to Orlando Health leadership as early as February, 2009 is posted below. There is a page missing - the endorsement page. The endorsement page was removed because the petition is now the main hub of support for this effort.

This proposal promotes a team member led diversity council. The goal of the diversity council is to provide voice to team members to discuss and make organizational recommendations in regard to diversity/multiculturalism. As the petition states, Orlando Health needs to do more than what is outlined in this proposal, but this was the starting document for this movement.

Orlando Health Diversity Council Proposal

Clarity of Values in a Changing Environment

February 5, 2009

Dear Orlando Health Leadership,

We are presenting the following proposal for the approval to officially start a team member led Diversity Council at Orlando Health. This would be the first of its kind for our organization and would open the doors to a more inclusive, proactive approach to our mission. Orlando Health is a world class organization that has the opportunity to become a leader in this area, strengthening its patient, physician and team member relations and becoming more of a destination of choice for all who are part of our business model.

The formation of this Diversity Council has strong support within the community, internal leadership and among team members. Many individuals and organizations are excited and hopeful Orlando Health will embrace this group and open greater doors of opportunity in all areas.

We understand there may be a short window of time needed to review and approve the formation of the Diversity Council at Orlando Health and that official sign off will come through internal Human Resources policy. Representatives of the Diversity Council planning group would like to be part of that policy creation to ensure the mission and vision of the Diversity Council – which supports that of Orlando Health – is met.

Thank you for reviewing this proposal and submitting it to the proper channels for review and approval. We respectfully request formal action items to keep the process moving forward.


Orlando Health Diversity Council planning group

Mission Statement

The mission statement of Orlando Health is “to improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities we serve.” Minority groups will comprise roughly 50% of the US population by 2050 and a commitment to diversity must be reflected in all aspects of our organization to meet the needs of our changing community. (


Orlando Health Diversity Council’s missionTo foster an inclusive workplace where diversity is transparent, and where consideration of the diversity of team members and patients improves quality of care, patient satisfaction and corporate reputation.

Specific goals of the Diversity Council include improving patient and team member policies (through review, research and recommendations to Human Resources), supporting Orlando Health through diversity-related philanthropic projects and improving communication regarding diversity in our community.

Diversity Council Areas of Focus

Healthcare outcomes
Patient satisfaction
Team member recruiting and retention

The Diversity Council will work as a resource and center point for Orlando Health groups who are already working on these issues (Language Services, Human Resources, Creative Services, Information Services, Nursing Informatics, Recruiting, etc.)

The council will look at all existing areas to fulfill its mission. The council will also help coordinate future diverse groups that may emerge. By working together with the council the diversity-related efforts of Orlando Health will be more coordinated, integrated and efficient.

Corporate reputation

In an increasingly consumer-driven marketplace, a corporate reputation for respecting diversity directly affects which healthcare provider patients choose as well as influencing marketing, philanthropy, community relations and recruitment initiatives.

Team member satisfaction and union avoidance

A team member led council illustrates that all team members are respected and have clear ways to communicate their concerns and ideas in the workplace. Respect and communication are vital elements of team member satisfaction.

Successful Corporate Diversity Programs

Orlando Health has a tradition of leadership in healthcare in Central Florida and the formation of the Diversity Council matches that tradition. However, there are established diversity programs within well-respected companies, including our partners through vendor relations and philanthropy: Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Clear Channel Communications, Corporate Express, Darden Restaurants, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Oracle, Owens & Minor, SODEXHO, SunTrust, Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World name just a few such companies. Establishing a team member driven diversity program clearly states to our partners and the community that diversity is a fully-integrated value at Orlando Health.

DiversityInc magazine’s Top 50 List ( is derived exclusively from corporate survey submissions. To make the list, a company must score above average in CEO Commitment, Human Capital, Corporate and Organizational Communications and Supplier Diversity. What sets the companies below named in the most recent list apart from other companies is that their clarity on diversity values and adherence to those core beliefs globally is integral to their business success.

Leading by Example

“Merrill Lynch is a global company that spans a broad array of clients, asset classes and business lines. Roughly half of Global Markets & Investment Banking revenues are non U.S.-based; we’re expecting that to be closer to 75 percent within 5 to 10 years. As a firm, we are in the intellectual capital business, and people are what differentiate us from the competition and give us the edge. To continue to win in this business, we need the creative eclectic approaches that different people bring - those innovative ideas that will help us shape the future of our industry and our role in it. Diversity is critically important from a business standpoint. The smartest solutions come from highly motivated groups of talented diverse employees. We work extremely hard to recognize and enable all of our employees to succeed. Every culture is different; we wouldn’t bring a U.S. model to Turkey. But the underlying philosophy is the same: A diverse, eclectic workforce is critical to retaining a high level of intellectual capital.”

Greg Fleming

President & COO

Merrill Lynch

Above quote from Transcending Boundaries in 2008 - Diversity & Inclusion at Merrill Lynch

Orlando Health Diversity Council Structure

The Orlando Health Diversity Council will hold monthly meetings lasting an hour. The meeting time will best accommodate both clinical and corporate team member schedules and will be held at a central location. To become fully inclusive, focus in early meetings will be placed on using technology to allow those who are interested but unable to attend – due to travel time and distance – the opportunity to be part of the meetings. Other ideas to make sure the Diversity Council is as available as possible to team members will be considered.

A formal board structure will be in place for the Diversity Council. Each calendar year a new board of directors will be voted into existence. The board structure will help ensure proper ethics are maintained and maximize the time in and out of meetings to further the mission of the council and Orlando Health. The board structure will also allow new leaders to be introduced to the council growing the body of ideas and impact of the group.