Michael Seagraves

Michael Seagraves poses on a snowy mountain trail  with a Hello Humankindness bannerMichael Seagraves is the senior director digital transformation in the office of digital. Michael has 17 years of service at Dignity Health.

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

I make a regular and unrestricted PTO donation to the Dignity Health Foundation. I choose to support the foundation because its mission is so closely aligned with my own values. For example, I believe all people are of equal and inestimable worth. I believe healthcare and humankindness should be accessible to everyone—especially to the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized among us. I believe humanity holds the power to heal and we individually can make a positive difference in our everyday choices. At the same time, I give to the foundation because unleashing the healing power of humanity at scale requires resources.

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

I began giving about five years ago. I was inspired after listening to a presentation from senior vice president of philanthropy, Fred Najjar, in San Francisco. During that event we learned about the foundation’s mission and initiatives and we also learned how easy it is to give using the PTO donation feature. I set up a recurring gift that very day.

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

I think of gratitude as a place of spiritual balance. When we live in gratitude we are mindful of life’s abundance and we recognize the interconnectedness of all things. It is from this place of balance and connectedness that we are then able to freely receive and freely give.

Michael Seagraves poses with family members on vacationWhat’s your fondest memory of working at Dignity Health?

My fondest memories at Dignity Health are from my early years, when I would work one-on-one as an occupational therapist with patients at Dominican Hospitals’ Inpatient Neurological Rehabilitation Unit in Santa Cruz. It was in these quiet moments, where dignity was the primary objective, that I felt closest to the heartbeat of our mission. All these years later, I still carry that experience with me as a constant reminder of why we do what we do every day.

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

I’ve always been a fan of John Denver and once had the opportunity to sing on stage with him at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe ... I was only 10, but it was awesome.