Donor Spotlight: Penny Thurman

Penny Thurman poses with members of her family

Penny Thurman is the service area compliance director in Nevada. She has 14 years of service with Dignity Health.

What area do you philanthropically support and why?

My giving is classified as “greatest need identified.” When I began giving to Dignity Health I was relatively new to the organization, and with the changing times in the health care environment, I felt this was the best choice for me at the time. I am glad my contributions are able to help the area of greatest need and never regret the chance to be able to assist the organization as part of the employee giving campaign.

What motivated you to start giving?

I felt it was my single way to assist Dignity Health and show my support for an organization that does so much for its patients, employees, and community.

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

Commitment to the organization you work for has always been an important work ethic to me and I felt fortunate to become a part of the Dignity Health family, which really has a special feel about it. Having been in health care all of my career, I never felt so welcome to an organization and privileged to work with such a team of health care professionals. One of the reasons I am still here 14 years later!

What is your fondest memory of working for Dignity Health?

I have several, but in my career at Dignity Health I started in the position as director of health information for the Nevada market, eventually appointed as the facility privacy official, and then in 2013 moved from the facility role to a corporate privacy role, eventually moving into corporate compliance which offered me new challenges and professional growth.

So I would have to say my fondest memories are the opportunities given to me by Dignity Health and the wonderful team members you meet along the way who become your second family!