A message from our leadership

Image of Fred NajjarFred Najjar, Executive Vice President, Philanthropy, Chief Philanthropy Officer, CommonSpirit Health

March is about to begin, but already I can say it has been quite a year! At the end of January, Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) aligned ministries to become CommonSpirit Health. You will learn more about what this means to you in the coming weeks and months, but know that we believe the future of health care will be shaped by our new ministry.

Together we will build healthier communities wherever we are, transform health care access and delivery, personalize care for those with acute and chronic conditions, create an inspired culture of excellence for our employees and physicians, and advance our calling to serve all.

Just a week following that announcement, we brought our Dignity Health foundations together, along with other leaders from Dignity Health and the health care philanthropy industry, and some new colleagues from CHI, in Newport Beach, Calif. for the annual Dignity Health Philanthropy Education Summit.

During the summit we celebrated the sixth annual Phillies Awards, including naming St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation as the Foundation of the Year. We learned from and engaged with our colleagues through career development sessions and keynote addresses that were offered on a wide range of topics focused on sharpening our skills and sharing our best practices.

We carried back to our local foundations messages from both CEOs of CommonSpirit Health – Kevin Lofton and Lloyd Dean – who delivered insight into what is to come for our new ministry and who spoke of the importance and impact of philanthropy in our next chapter.

Thank you to our colleagues who take the time each year to plan presentations and share their wisdom for the betterment of all of our foundations. I would also like to personally thank the volunteer committee and staff for all of their hard work surrounding the summit.

Now that we are back in our home offices, I know we are all deep into the fiscal year 2020 budgeting process, a very time-intensive effort for our foundations. This hard work results in thoughtful and strategic budgets that move our foundations ever forward in raising even more philanthropic dollars year after year. Horizon 2020 efforts focus Philanthropy’s work on reducing system-wide cost per dollar raised. Every foundation plays a role in this. By focusing this way, we ensure more net dollars are available to transfer--our hospitals and communities rely upon the significant operating and capital support provided by our foundations.

In this edition of Gratitude, you’ll read about some of the generous gifts that help Dignity Health continue to grow and build a culture of gratitude across our system. Please consider sharing these stories with your colleagues, donors, and board members to help spread the word of your tremendous work.

With gratitude,

Fred Najjar
Executive Vice President, Philanthropy
Chief Philanthropy Officer
CommonSpirit Health