Donor Spotlight

Barbara Pelletreau

Barbara Pelletreau is senior vice president of patient safety at Dignity Health. Barbara Pelletreau is senior vice presiednt of patient safety. She has been with Dignity Health for 14 years. 

What area do you philanthropically support and why?

Healthy Babies is my choice! The nurses and obstetricians in maternal child health services are making a difference for our patients. It is the least I can do to show them my appreciation. Every year at the Perinatal Summit, when the clinicians gather, there is much to celebrate with their successful results. Giving to Healthy Babies is one way I can honor their work.

What motivated you to start giving?

Growing up, I remember my parents always being involved in community service.  My mom was president of the hospital auxiliary and my dad started an outdoor camp for troubled boys in the Sierras with our senator. I remember my mom was the first president of the Salesian Boys Club (imagine that with five daughters!). My parents taught us that giving is a double reward. Giving back to an organization who is extremely dedicated to its employees is absolutely the right thing to do. And giving to an area of personal passion like Healthy Babies is an extra bonus!

Why do you think it’s important to be engaged through philanthropy as a Dignity Health employee?

It is important for Dignity Health to rally financial support from the many communities we serve. This support allows us to better fulfill our mission. If we want the community and donors to contribute to our amazing work, then we should be the first to do so before asking others. I think this goes under the saying of, “walk the talk.”

What’s your fondest memory of working at Dignity Health?  

Memories are endless – but of course, there are a few recent events that stand out.  I love seeing hospitals embrace “safety” work from the core of their culture. Recently seeing the high reliability journey unfold at Chandler and Mercy Gilbert has been amazing. I love seeing synergy in action. Last year, an energetic group of quality/safety nurses (called “MeasureVentionists”) focused on reducing hospital acquired conditions. They were tasked with making changes in care for better patient outcomes and connected regularly to share their successes. They learned what hard work it is to lead changes in practice and adopted a mantra - “Be Bold. Be Brave!”  They have brought much joy with their personal growth and accomplishments.

What’s one fun fact others might not know about you?

I have two Yorkies and the secret is - they are the best therapy ever. One is Bijou – French for “jewel.” And the other is Lucky Lu. Together they total 12 pounds but they have self-esteem the size of an elephant. On their walks they prance like they own the neighborhood. They are always upbeat.