Donor Spotlight

Danielle Jaramillo

What area do you philanthropically support and why? 

Thank you to the many Dignity Health employees who give back to support our mission!Currently, I give to the Community Health Partnership and the St. Bernardine Medical Foundation. As part of the EHR project, I have the privilege of connecting with all of the facilities in our network in some capacity. St. Bernardine Medical Center is the closest to my home (Corona, CA) and I really appreciated the work and presence they maintain in the community.

I like to juggle my donations around every now and then. Lately, I’ve enjoyed the option to donate my PTO assets. I am one of those “time maxers”… someone who has hit her maximum PTO hours. So, it’s fun for me to take my overage hours and spread them out here and there over the many worthy Dignity Health philanthropic options. 

What motivated you to start giving?

I have a favorite quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Do what you can with what you have where you are.” Unless my husband and I win the California Lottery, I will never have the resources to give as much money as I would like to give to the many worthy causes and organizations in need. So, we give our non-lotto-funded gifts when and where we can, and we try to examine what moves us to compassion as a couple and funnel our resources in that direction.

My motivation to give harkens back to my days working in the nonprofit disability services arena early in my career. In addition to public relations, I was in charge of fundraising, volunteers, grant writing … basically, I was always asking people to give their time and money to something. It was hard work, and often disappointing when the “I can’t” responses outnumbered the “I will” responses. One of the lessons I have always carried forward from that experience is that my actions/examples are the best way to demonstrate my commitment to anything. I couldn’t ask of others what I was unwilling to do, or give, myself.

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

It is easy to see the commitment in our physicians, clinicians, facility administrators, etc. They are right there with the patients … healing, transforming, and impacting lives. As a remote IT employee, I couldn’t be more removed from the patient experience. So, I do find myself craving ways to create points of connection with our values and mission. Engaging in Dignity Health philanthropic opportunities is a small but easy way to serve and connect with the communities we serve.

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

The IT initiative I have been involved with since my start—the implementation of Electronic Health Record systems (EHR) in all of our acute and now ambulatory facilities—has connected me to some incredible people. Our “Go Live” time feels like a family reunion to me. Folks I rarely see are suddenly in front of me. New names and collaborators suddenly have a face. We hug, we help, we catch up, swap stories, giggle a bit, share meals, and support each other … just like family. Even though these are very serious events, they are a joyful time, too.

I am still enjoying the after-glow of such a family reunion that happened recently—the Mercy Medical Center Merced EHR Go Live on September 1. I am bursting with pride for all the work that went into bringing our 31st facility into the future of patient care. And, I am ever appreciative of the talent, professionalism, diversity, humor, warmth and kindness of the IT and facility teams who make it happen.

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

I am a frustrated, undiscovered backup singer. I dream of being in some kind of a fabulous girl band just behind the lead singer with synchronized hand movements, a sparkly costume, and singing with the harmony of an angel! I supposed it is my suppressed “Fantasy Island” adventure. (Did I just date myself with that stale television reference?). With any song, I almost always sing the backup part, never the lead. My hairbrush doubles as a microphone. Also, I know enough American Sign Language to be a danger to myself and others.