Coltman recognized for outstanding diversity leadership

By Evelyn M. Coltman | Jun 02, 2014
Courtesy of: Greenville News Kinneil Coltman, middle, receives an award from Juan Johnson, left, senior fellow in the Riley Institute, and Calder Ehrmann, right, senior associate in the Riley Diversity Leaders Initiative.

Dr. Kinneil Coltman, daughter of Richard and Evelyn Coltman of Bethel, was recently recognized for her achievements during the Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards dinner. She was awarded the Individual Leadership Award for diversity programs she initiated at Greenville Health System (GHS).  Under her leadership, the employees at GHS have access to a wide variety of workforce diversity initiatives, including the GHS Young Professionals Association, the GHS Physicians’ Diversity Council and the GHS Nursing Diversity Council – all of which were conceptualized and implemented by Coltman.

Additionally, she led a system-wide effort to boost the satisfaction level of diverse employee groups which led to significant improvement within these groups and helped position GHS in the 99th percentile of national ranking among peer hospitals.

Coltman serves as chief diversity officer and clinical assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville. She also co-designed and implemented the first hospital-based supplier diversity program in South Carolina and improved supplier diversity spending by 60 percent in two years, leading to recognition by the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management.

In addition, Coltman serves as co-chair for the Greenville Chamber’s Diversity Council, past president of the board of directors for the YWCA, past chairman of the board for the International Center of the Upstate, and board president-elect of the South Carolina Hospital Association Society for Healthcare Diversity Professionals. In 2011, she was selected by her alma mater, UNC-Asheville, to receive the Order of Pisgah award for outstanding achievement in her professional field.

Coltman resides with husband, Mark Haddad, in Greenville, South Carolina.

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