Ms. Abner is an experienced senior leader who has held executive roles within multi-site healthcare systems.
Her expertise encompasses a range of creating and implementing diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs; consulting with organizations to set a strategic agenda for D&I; and, educating leaders and staff on principles of bias, inclusion and cultural awareness. As a certified patient experience professional, Ms. Abner brings D&I principles to the forefront to integrate with enhancing quality and patient experience. Additionally, she possesses comprehensive skills as a human resources administrator in the areas of recruitment, benefits, talent development, employee relations and systems operations. Pamela regularly serves as a guest speaker at national and international forums and conferences.
In her current role as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Diversity and Inclusion for the Mount Sinai Health System (comprised of the Icahn School of Medicine and eight New York City hospitals), Ms. Abner is primarily responsible for system-wide administrative, fiscal, policy, and practice related management activities to sustain diversity, inclusion and equity. She consults and collaborates with hospital and school leadership, faculty and staff to provide expertise in best practices, conduct integrative work and set the strategic, innovative and programmatic agenda for diversity, inclusion and equity across all business lines. Ms. Abner strives to ultimately develop, advance and guide initiatives to create an inclusive environment for the workforce (faculty/staff), workplace (students/patients) and marketplace (suppliers/ providers). Utilizing research methodologies, developing education curriculum, and applying best practices, she continuously seeks to implement programs and initiatives to identify disparities and eliminate barriers to medical care, employment, and education for underserved and underrepresented groups as well as foster relationships with community partners.
With regard to notable accomplishments, Ms. Abner’s thought-leadership ability and strategic management guidance was fundamental to Mount Sinai Health System attaining national status in the DiversityInc Top Hospital Systems for five consecutive years ranking #1 in 2017 and 2018. Among her many distinctions, in 2017, the Tri-State Diversity Council named Ms. Abner as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women.
Pamela received her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Phillips School of Nursing Mount Sinai Beth Israel; a member of the Board of Advisors for MBE Capital Partners; a member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership Diversity and Inclusion Council; and a volunteer for Brown University’s Alumni Interviewing Program. She serves as mentor to those seeking career and professional advice with particular emphasis on guiding and supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds interested in healthcare careers. In her free time, Pamela enjoys travel, fine dining, fitness and walks with her dog.