Fernando leads broad, collaborative efforts throughout Atrium Health’s operations and academic programs to foster diversity, inclusion, culturally competent care, inclusive purchasing, language access, and health equity for diverse and underserved populations. He also develops, implements and monitors programs and processes that sustain Atrium Health’s inclusive organizational culture.
Fernando joined Atrium Health in 2002 and has served in a variety of key leadership roles including interim Chief Diversity Officer and most recently as Senior Human Resources Strategic Business Partner. He has led several teammate engagement strategic action plans that resulted in statistically significant improvements at multiple facilities at Atrium Health and Mission Health. From a health equity perspective, he helped design and implement Atrium Health’s first health disparities dashboard, which the organization uses to identify health equity priorities.
Prior to re-joining Atrium Health, Fernando served on the Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion Executive Committee at Family Dollar Stores. As a key contributor to the diversity strategy at Family Dollar, he was instrumental in developing the Employee Resource Group framework and establishing the diversity pillars for the organization.
Fernando holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Pfeiffer University.
Fernando is married to Tiffany Little, EdD, and is the proud dad of two sons – Camren, 16, and Chandler, 13. He enjoys attending his sons’ travel basketball games, mentoring youth and young professionals, vacationing at Disney World and hanging out at the Great Wolf Lodge with his family. They are also avid Carolina Panther fans!