Anonymous Donor Gives $1 Million to Dominican Hospital


Donation was made in honor of hospital employees as thanks for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (May 4, 2020)Dignity Health Dominican Hospital has announced that it is the recipient of a generous $1 million gift from a local donor, who wishes to remain anonymous. The donation was made through the Dominican Hospital Foundation, and will be dispersed entirely to hospital employees.

“To the heroes of Dominican Hospital: Thank you for standing up (and staying up!) to care for our community,” said the donor in a letter directed to hospital employees. “This humankindness is what makes you heroic. Please accept this donation in recognition of and with great thanks for all that you do. And please know that my heart is with you as we seek to protect and care for each other during this challenging time.”

A Santa Cruz County resident, the benefactor is a longtime friend and supporter of Dominican Hospital. It was the donor’s wish to provide employees with a check to thank and support them specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We cannot adequately express the depth of our gratitude for this gracious, selfless gift,” said Dominican Hospital President Nanette Mickiewicz, MD. “We are incredibly proud of the work our hospital family is doing in the face of such an unprecedented situation. This generous donation is a testament to their clinical excellence, their tireless dedication and, most of all, their profound humanity.”

All employees who have met a threshold number of hours worked before March 1, 2020 will receive the check within the next 30 days.

“We are proud to share that 100 percent of the donor’s gift is being distributed to Dominican Hospital employees,” said Drew Gagner, Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Dominican Hospital Foundation. “We are humbled by this heartfelt thank you, and blessed to have such caring donors in our community.”

The Dominican Hospital Foundation has established two funds in support of patients and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond:

  • Dominican Emergency Preparedness Fund – This fund provides necessary resources to care for our patients during a crisis—such as the current COVID-19 pandemic— through medical supplies, medical equipment, testing, additional staffing, and other unidentified needs that may arise.
  • Dominican Frontline Spirit Fund – This fund will be used to bolster the spirits of our community of frontline health care providers at Dominican Hospital, who put themselves and their families at risk each and every day they come to work.

To learn more about how to support the Dominican Hospital Foundation, please call 831.462.7712 or visit supportdominican.org/donate. To learn more about Dominican Hospital, please visit dignityhealth.org/Dominican.

About Dominican Hospital

Dignity Health Dominican Hospital has been caring for the Santa Cruz County community for generations. Dominican offers emergency services and is a Certified Stroke Center. Dominican’s services include the only comprehensive Cancer Center in Santa Cruz County, a Total Joint Replacement program, advanced neurological and endoscopic services, and an expert heart and vascular team treating some of the most complex cardiac cases in the Monterey Bay area. Dominican Hospital offers a comprehensive, Baby Friendly-designated Birth Center, and provides an on-site Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) through a partnership with Stanford Children’s Health. Dominican has received national recognition for superior patient safety, cardiac care, and stroke treatment from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Dominican also has received several awards for environmental excellence. Dominican Hospital is planning a $360 million renovation and expansion to ensure that the growing Santa Cruz County community can access world class health care well into the future. The project will allow for advanced technology, new state-of-the- art facilities, and even more innovative healing spaces. To learn more about Dominican Hospital, please visit dignityhealth.org/dominican.

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