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Image of Fred NajjarGreetings from CommonSpirit Health philanthropy! Since our alignment was made official in January, we have been working diligently to form our new ministry. You have likely already started to see changes as we welcome new colleagues into our larger philanthropic footprint, reorganize our teams, and think differently about how we communicate in order to maximize our scale and be on the leading edge of health care philanthropy.

As we continue to move through this next phase of our alignment, we want to ensure that a regular cadence of communication is available that provides transparency and opportunities for input from our philanthropy employees as well as the larger CommonSpirit Health leadership. Please watch your inboxes for these important messages. As we build new communications tools, we expect to sunset this version of Gratitude and we are excited to bring you something new in the future that highlights philanthropy’s impact. Read More »

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GRATITUDE SPOTLIGHT:
Nurse is thankful for hope and healing
A Mark Twain Medical Center nurse and patient prioritizes gratitude every day.
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DONOR SPOTLIGHT:
Generous donor leaves legacy gift
Devoted supporter leaves legacy of $1.8 million for health care in her community. Read More »

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is
excellent in others belong to us as well”
— Voltaire

Stories of philanthropic impact
The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program at Dignity Health’s Bakersfield Memorial Hospital raises $700,000 to $900,000 annually. The latest gift of $321,323 represents funds raised through the program for the fourth quarter of calendar year 2018.

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Francis and Dionne Najafi generously endowed and established the Neurosurgical Oncology Chair at Barrow Neurological Institute. Nader Sanai, MD, director of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, has been named the chair.

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Dignity Health Foundation celebrates kindness, raises over $1.6 million to improve health care at fourth annual Humankindness Gala.

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Bill and Cindy Krause have a unique attachment to Dignity Health Mercy San Juan Medical Center—all 22 of their grandchildren were born there! Cindy and her husband, Bill, recently made a $500,000 commitment through Mercy Foundation to help complete the construction of the new and expanded NICU.

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Polly Postushenko was feisty, smart, and matter of fact. Her work as an auditor for the city of San Francisco kept her on her toes before she retired to Mt. Shasta.

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A partnership with the Public Health Institute has realized a $260,000 grant to Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, Calif., which will help implement treatment in the emergency room and create links to opioid use disorder to after- and post-acute care at area clinics.

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The St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation received a $2,000,000 gift from the Estate of Kirk Kerkorian to support the creation of a Graduate Medical Education Program and for operating support for the Dream Fund Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic.

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