Donor Spotlight

Michael Sieczka

Photo: Michael Siezcka and wifeMichael Sieczka and wife, Heather Cameron visiting Narragansett Bay in Newport, RI the site of their wedding in 2001.

Michael Sieczka, BSN, RN, works in Clinical Informatics and has been a Dignity Health nurse for 11 years. He's currently the manager for EHR physician adoption, and his team leads the physician engagement portion of the Cerner acute EHR implementations.

What areas do you philanthropically support and why?

It varies. As a remote employee traveling to different facilities for EHR implementations I get the opportunity to visit a broad cross-section of our diverse organization – size, geographical location, population served, longevity in the community and within CHW/Dignity Health – and this had led me to support a variety of Dignity Health philanthropic projects and services.

Two examples: I have donated to CHMC after seeing their commitment to the urban community they serve demonstrated by both the front line staff (particularly in the ED) and the leadership team. An area that I have not visited yet, but is coming onto our schedule soon is Mark Twain. During the fires there last year, I read about the commitment of some of our own staff to being on the job, ensuring their patients were safe. Placing those in our care ahead of their own families and property caught my attention. I was able to support the employee assistance drive set up for those members of our work family who suffered a loss – It was very satisfying to know that this time, the direct recipients were some of our own.

The diversity of services (and settings) and the level of commitment of those involved motivates me to support multiple efforts to keep that diversity of services available.

What motivated you to start giving?

I first started giving as an outlet to avoid maxing out my PTO bank and seeing the hours lost. What I quickly learned is that the benefit I received was far more personal than I expected – when you donate, you start to hear more about the activities that are supported by philanthropy and how they provide a variety of resources ranging from the most basic of human needs, to the most advanced technologies – and that transformed my thinking from a practical decision, to a matter of humanitarianisms close to home (my varied, adopted homes).

While I wish my initial motivation was more poetic or heart-felt, I think it may be a common opportunity. The takeaway for me is that it does not really matter how I started, it is the realization that when I give (in whatever form) to an organization where I can see the difference it makes, that satisfaction has paid me back many times over. The bottom line is that I get so much more than I give.

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

I have been with Dignity Health/CHW for more than a decade – the first half or so at St Rose, and the remainder with the System Clinical Informatics team. I have been engaged in hospital operations throughout both portions of my tenure, but I still had very little idea how much of the work that is done relies on the philanthropic efforts from the community and employees. The Dignity Health mission is what brought me to the organization, and has kept me engaged and enthusiastic; donating directly strengthens that connection.

I believe that the more ways an employee can participate in the community of our hospitals and clinics, the better they understand what it is we do and the care we deliver. I know that is true for me – as I continue to expand my perspective I expect to be surprised again and again by learning about the good that is done, and the unexpected sources. The more I learn, the more compelled I feel to be part of the good work that happens around us every day.

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

I have many fond memories that I think are best described collectively as a sense of teamwork – While I have been a part of several departments and teams, the underlying belief that we are all connected in our commitment to serving the patient has been at the heart of every team’s motivation. The fact that I see that same sense of teamwork in each of the departments and hospitals I visit resonates with me. Each team is different to be sure, but to see that sense of shared effort, shared commitment, and shared spirit is something not every organization has – that we have it is something we can all take pride in. I know I do.

Being part of the teams on several nursing units got me through the transitions from being an uncertain new graduate nurse, to being confident in caring for critically ill patients in the ICU. The same team mentality is what brought me to Clinical Informatics where the very nature of our work benefits so many more patients across our system.

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

When we were married, my wife (Heather) and I eloped to Newport, RI. The photo featured here is from our return visit to Castle Hill Lighthouse just a few weeks ago – we were married on that very spot it 2001.