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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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Our Vision:

To be 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.

Our Values:

Dignity Health is committed to providing high-quality, affordable health care to the communities we serve. Above all else, we value:

    Dignity - Respecting the inherent value and worth of each person.

    Collaboration - Working together with people who support common values and vision to achieve shared goals.

    Justice - Advocating for social change and acting in ways that promote respect for all persons and demonstrate compassion for our sisters and brothers who are powerless.

    Stewardship - Cultivating the resources entrusted to us to promote healing and wholeness.

    Excellence - Exceeding expectations through teamwork and innovation.

Dignity Health is dedicated to making a positive impact on the social determinants of health, particularly on the health of underserved populations. In keeping with our strategic priorities, we invest in community development programs that align with the following principles:

    Target resources to low-income communities

    Invest in the revitalization of urban or rural areas

    Empower low-income people to create, manage, and own enterprises

    Demonstrate a commitment to healthy communities

    Safeguard the environment

Our vision for the future of health care involves working with early-stage companies, large technology companies, and others to create, test, and scale solutions to provide higher-quality care at a lower cost for all. Initiatives include:

    Our partnership with Propeller Health and Airstrip to launch the first Internet of Things program in the U.S.

    Being among the first health care organizations to pilot Apple’s electronic medical record health app that allows patients to access their records from multiple providers

    Our collaboration with Augmedix to transform the doctor-patient interaction by incorporating Google’s Glass technology into office visits to transcribe appointments so the doctor can focus on the patient interaction

    Leveraging naviHealth’s digital platform to support patients after discharge to prevent hospital readmissions and help patients return to their homes as soon as possible

    The adoption of the Athenahealth Population Health Platform, a cloud-based tool that helps us analyze our patient population to allow for care coordination across the entire continuum

    Our partnership with One Medical, which gives our patients different access points to care

    Our collaboration with Livongo as a diabetes-management tool for patients

    Our partnership with Qventus, which uses AI and machine learning to help us solve operational needs through predictive analytics, helping bring patients home to their families more quickly

To inquire about photography or filming at any Dignity Health location, contact Media Relations Manager, Joann Wardrip, at (415) 438-5543 or [email protected].


To inquire about photography or filming at any Dignity Health location, contact Media Relations Manager, Joann Wardrip, at (415) 438-5543 or [email protected].


If you are a member of the press, please contact our Media Relations Manager, Joann Wardrip, at (415) 438-5543 or [email protected]. Please note that this email and phone is for media inquiries only.