Donor Spotlight

Paul Lopez

Paul LopezPaul Lopez is the director of the enterprise digital experience under enterprise healthcare IT services. He has been with Dignity Health for over six years. Learn how a starfish and board service influenced Paul's philanthropic giving.

What area do you support and why? 

The Enterprise Digital Experience has integrated sub programs such as Consumer Portal, Patient Portal, Employee Portal, Physician Portal, and Consumer Identity and Utilities. The goal is to innovate and leverage technology, support the whole business, enable our users evolving digital needs, and deliver on the idea of “Hello humankindness”. We wish to create integrated holistic enterprise solutions that capture the opportunity by aligning the disparate parts of the business.

What motivated you to start giving?

My motivation to give began when I became a board member, and subsequently Vice President, for Glendale Heathy Kids. A nonprofit organization that provides affordable or no cost quality health care to children who have no access to insurance or are under-insured.  During my term, we were able to make tangible differences to hundreds of children’s lives. My increased schedule and traveling conflicts didn’t allow the adequate time to continue in these roles, so I sought an alternative way to give. Through the Employee Giving Program, I was able to select from a large list of organizations within and outside my community. I chose Glendale Memorial Hospital to donate one PTO hour which is deducted automatically per pay period. It’s so simple for me and so rewarding to them.

Why is it important to be engaged through philanthropy?

It’s very important to me to be engaged in philanthropy. Giving back is a core value I feel very strongly about and the rewards are life changing. Our Chief Information Officer, Deanna Wise, had a leadership meeting and shared a story with us about “The Starfish:  Making a Difference.”  The story goes something like this:  An old man walked along a shore littered with thousands of starfish, beached and dying after a storm. A young girl was picking them up and flinging them back into the ocean. “Why do you bother?’ the old man asked. “You’re not saving enough to make a difference.”  The young girl picked up another starfish, sent it spinning back to the water and said, “It made a difference to that one.”  I truly believe one person can make a significant difference in people’s lives when engaged in any type of philanthropy.

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

I have so many fond memories working at Dignity Health. However, if I had to pick just one, it would be volunteering with my IT colleagues at the St Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix.  The nonjudgmental comradery of Dignity Health employees working together to assist others in need was remarkable to witness. It was truly an incredible experience.

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

A fun fact that others might not know about me:  when I was in high school, I was in a child development documentary that aired on PBS.