Julie Simer

Julie Simer smiles from the deck of a sailboatJulie Simer is senior counsel, managed care, in the legal department. This is Julie’s first year of service with Dignity Health.

What do you choose to support at Dignity Health through employee giving and why?

I support giving at the system office for those Dignity Health employees who need assistance in very difficult times. With the recent fires in Northern California, I know there are members of the Dignity Health family who have suffered losses and can use our support.

When did you start participating in employee giving at Dignity Health and what was it that motivated you to give then?

I began giving on my first day at Dignity Health because I believe the benefits the Dignity Health caregivers provide to our community are extremely important.

What does gratitude mean to you? Does it play a role in why you give?

I think gratitude is how you demonstrate your appreciation for the blessings you have received. I was always told that you should demonstrate your gratitude with your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service. In my family, we do that. I have a niece who cares for newborns and new mothers as a nurse at a Dignity Health hospital and my sister volunteers in the cafeteria of a Dignity Health hospital. We are all very grateful for the opportunity to work alongside so many devoted and caring individuals at Dignity Health.

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

I have a long commute – approximately two and one-half hours. I take two trains and then ride a bike or a scooter to get to the office. My fondest memory is when a co-worker in the legal department noticed that it was raining and came to my office and announced that he was driving me to the train station so I would not get soaked. I think that is truly a demonstration of humankindness.

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

I grew up on a farm and received my college degree in agriculture.