Jacqueline Harvey, vice president of Talent Acquisition for Empath Health, is charged with finding leading talent for an ever-growing organization that provides hospice, home health, palliative care, primary care, elder-care services, sexual wellness and bereavement services in 18 Florida counties.
By Karen Davis-Pritchett M.Ed., Empath Health Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
ST. PETERSBURG — Empath Health’s new vice president of Talent Acquisition earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.
In her new role, Jacqueline Harvey is charged with finding leading talent for an ever-growing organization that provides hospice, home health, palliative care, primary care, elder-care services, sexual wellness and bereavement services in 18 Florida counties.
Harvey, who has 20 years of experience recruiting talent, joined Empath Health in March after spending the last eight years at Miami Jewish Health.
While every position is crucial to the organization’s success, Harvey is particularly focused on hiring the best clinical colleagues.
“The priority is driving talent to the front line for patient-care purposes,” Harvey said. “The Talent Acquisition team indirectly touch the lives of our patient/participants.”
The country’s nursing shortage has made healthcare recruiting a highly competitive endeavor. Harvey said Empath’s not-for-profit, mission-oriented approach resonates with the top clinical candidates.
“There are still prospective candidates interested in working for a like-minded organization in terms of mission, vision and how the organization will support them as an employee. Even though it’s a competitive market, I believe we have a very attractive culture,” she said.
Empath Health also values diversity in its hiring practices. Harvey recognizes that ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion is a complex process, a point she said her brother Curtis Johnson, a leader in academia who specializes in DEI initiatives, drove home during a spirited Thanksgiving discussion a few years ago. She vows to lean on DEI professionals at Empath for their expertise in guaranteeing equal access.
Harvey knows how vital diversity is to an organization that serves a multi-faceted patient base like Empath Health.
“Diversity of thought, diversity of knowledge, diversity of perspective, diversity of experience, all place Empath in a position to best serve our community,” she said.
To learn more about Empath Health’s career opportunities, visit Careers.EmpathHealth.org.