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About Dignity Health

Dignity Health is one of the largest health systems in the nation, with more than 400 care centers, including 41 hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging and surgery centers, home health, and primary care clinics in 22 states. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. We strive to provide high-quality, affordable health care with compassion and humankindness to improve the health of all communities we serve. Our goal is to create healing environments that meet the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of all we serve.

Our History

Our story began in Dublin, Ireland when the Sisters of Mercy vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness, and lack of education. In 1854, eight women religious came to San Francisco and immediately began caring for residents of the city, which was stricken by cholera, typhoid, and influenza. A few years later, they founded St. Mary’s Hospital, now the oldest continuously operating hospital in the city, and eventually one facility became many. In 1986, two congregations of the Sisters of Mercy joined their 10 hospitals together, forming Catholic Healthcare West. In 2012, we changed our name to Dignity Health to better describe what we stand for. Dignity is something that everyone is born with. To us, “dignity” means showing respect for all people by providing excellent care and helping them lead healthy, meaningful lives.


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.


We continue to drive strong performance through a disciplined approach to managing our operations and growth, while giving back to the community. Here are the highlights:

  • More than 60,000 employees
  • 10,000+ active physicians
  • 41 hospitals in California, Arizona, and Nevada
  • In FY18, Dignity Health provided $2.1 billion in charitable care and services
  • Since 2012, Dignity Health has fostered the growth of more than 25 companies through its Strategic Innovation Program

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