They are Dignity Health, and They're Here to Help
They welcome the chance to help you feel your best. Excellent, affordable health care, delivered with compassion, is what they stand for. Since their founding in 1986, they've made it their goal to create environments that meet each patient's physical, mental, and spiritual needs. They also believe this healing philosophy promotes the wellbeing of their staff and the places they serve.
Dignity Health is made up of more than 60,000 caregivers and staff who deliver excellent care to diverse communities in 21 states. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is the fifth largest health system in the nation and the largest hospital provider in California.
Through teamwork and innovation, faith and compassion, advocacy and action, they endeavor every day to keep you happy, healthy, and whole.
We are committed to furthering the healing ministry of Jesus. We dedicate our resources to:
Delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services;
Serving and advocating for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised;
Partnering with others in the community to improve the quality of life.
A vibrant, national health care system known for service, chosen for clinical excellence, standing in partnership with patients, employees, and physicians to improve the health of all communities served.
Their History: Rooted in Kindness
Dignity Health began as a single hospital founded on the belief that all people deserve medical care, regardless of their background, ethnicity, or circumstances.
The Sisters of Mercy, originally founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland in 1831, vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness, and lack of education. In 1854, eight Sisters arrived in San Francisco, California and immediately began caring for residents of a city struck by cholera, then typhoid and influenza. They founded St. Mary's Hospital, now the oldest continuously operating hospital in the city.
Eventually, one facility became many, expanding to serve a rapidly growing population while strengthening its commitment to keeping the human person at the forefront of modern medicine.
In 1986, two congregations of the Sisters of Mercy joined their ten hospitals together, forming Catholic Healthcare West. In 2012, they changed their name to Dignity Health to better describe what they stand for. Dignity is something everyone is born with. To them, "Dignity" means showing respect for all people by providing excellent care and helping them lead healthy, meaningful lives.
Today, Dignity Health is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 400 care sites across a 22-state network, including 39 hospitals -- 24 of which are Catholic and 15 are other-than-Catholic. The mission and values they were founded upon remain the same. Through teamwork and innovation, faith and compassion, advocacy and action, they endeavor every day to keep their patients happy, healthy, and whole. Hello humankindness.