Women 'severely underrepresented' on Philly hospital boards, study finds

In the boardrooms of Philadelphia's nonprofit hospitals, women, especially women of color, are "severely underrepresented," according to The Philadelphia Inquirer's analysis of a recent study. 

The study was a joint project of three Philadelphia institutions: La Salle University, The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University's School of Business and the Women's Nonprofit Leadership Initiative. It examined gender diversity on the boards of 50 nonprofit hospital systems and universities.

Researchers found that on average, women make up less than a third (28 percent) of hospital boards. That's below the 30 percent goal set by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Of the area's 25 largest hospitals, 13 had less than 30 percent women on their boards. Five of the 13 had female representation of less than 20 percent.

Researchers found Doylestown (Pa.) Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, N.J., and Philadelphia's Mercy Catholic Medical Center had the most women represented on their boards. Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, Albert Einstein Health Care Network in Philadelphia and Inspira Health Network in Woodbury, N.J., had the lowest female representation on their boards.     

Read the full report here.

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