Image of Fred NajjarWelcome from Our Vice President

This is a full edition of Philanthropy Impact, as we have much to celebrate at Dignity Health this spring.

We are pleased to announce that recently we were again ranked among the top 10 high-performing health care fundraisers in North America by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. This is a distinction that is only given to organizations that raise more net funds than 75 percent of all responding institutions and each one of our 31 foundations across Dignity Health play a vital part in helping us achieve this success.

Just a few weeks ago we brought all of our foundations together in Scottsdale, Arizona for the annual Philanthropy Education Summit. There, we celebrated some additional successes, including naming California Hospital Medical Center Foundation as the Foundation of the Year and the Central Coast Service Area as the top performing service area. St. John's Healthcare Foundation was awarded Largest Philanthropic Gift, Sequoia Hospital Foundation received a Phillies for Quality Improvement and Susan Shum at California Hospital Medical Center Foundation was recognized with the McTernan Spirit Award, given to a philanthropic employee who has proven to live our mission, vision and values.

In this edition, 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 and friends to help spread the word of this tremendous work.

And stay tuned – we have some exciting changes in store when our newsletter returns next quarter.


Fred Najjar
Senior Vice President, Philanthropy