Donor Spotlight

Joan Beach

Image of Joan Beach smilingJoan Beach serves as vice president of excellence and enterprise PMO. She has been with Dignity Health for 13 years. Learn how the Cristo Rey High School has influenced Joan to give Dignity Health Philanthropy.

What area do you support and why? 

I give to the Mercy Foundation in Sacramento. One specific area is the Cristo Rey high School which helps young people who would not necessarily have the opportunity to receive a strong college –preparatory education. I was fortunate enough to be asked to sponsor a student in my department and found it very fulfilling for my staff.  We all attended the graduation of the first class and felt such a sense of connection because of our involvement.

What motivated you to start giving?

A few years after I started with then Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), I was introduced to the Sisters of Mercy and was asked to help as a volunteer for a few events related to their 150th Anniversary. It provided me with an up close and personal view into the women who selflessly sponsor not only our organization, but so many other work of kindness throughout the communities. My small contribution is a very small token of thanks for their efforts.

Why is it important to be engaged through philanthropy?

My life is so very busy both professionally and personally. I enjoy volunteering but find my time is so limited I miss out on the chances. Giving is a measure of volunteering our treasure when our time is not available. It keeps the larger community stronger and reminds me we are all connected regardless of social-economic situations.  It’s also a good reminder to my five children and six grandchildren the web of the community touches us all.

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

My time with Dignity Health is filled with many, many memories but the ones which connect me are those from working on the 150th Anniversary and participating in Ministry Leadership. Both explain to me what my role and vocation are within the organization and the responsibilities we each have individually to carry on the work of the sponsors.

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

I am the youngest child in a family of nine, eight girls (including me) and one boy.