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Juana Slade ~ At-Large Board Member

Director of Diversity and Language Services

Juana Spears Slade is the director of Diversity and Language Services for AnMed Health in Anderson, SC, serving the residents of northwest South Carolina and northeast Georgia. AnMed Health --- the state’s largest private, not-for-profit health system --- was one of the first in South Carolina to dedicate full-time resources to diversity management. Under her leadership AnMed Health has developed a comprehensive, integrated diversity program to better manage the organization's increasingly diverse patient population and workforce. AnMed Health has been recognized for its work in cultural and linguistic competence by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Institute for Diversity in Health Management (IFD), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association; and Advance for Nurses, a nursing trade publication. AnMed Health’s Interpretation Service program was featured in the November 3, 2008, issue of Modern Healthcare, and in the 2006 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News and World Report. In June 2010, AnMed Health was named “Best in Class” for effectively engaging the diverse communities it serves and “Promising Practice” in the delivering of culturally and linguistically competent patient care by the IFD.

Juana is actively involved in her community serving on numerous non-profit boards and committees. In July 2009, she completed a two-year term as chairperson of the board of directors for the United Way of Anderson County, the first African American to serve in this capacity. She is chair of the United Way Worldwide’s National Women’s Leadership Council and was the 2006 recipient of the ATHENA Award presented by the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Juana is a graduate of Claflin University in Orangeburg, where she earned her bachelor of arts in Social Science and Political Science. She completed diversity studies through the American Society for Human Resource Management; the American Institute for Managing Diversity in Atlanta, GA; and the Upstate Diversity Leadership Academy of Furman University in Greenville, SC. Juana is a Cultural Competence Fellow of the Health Research Education Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a founding member the American Leadership Council of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, also an AHA affiliate. Juana is President of the South Carolina Society of Healthcare Diversity Professionals, an affiliated personal membership group of the South Carolina Hospital Association.