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CalPERS Members - Choose an Insurance Plan that includes Dignity Health

Dignity Health has more physician locations across Santa Cruz County than any other provider, so it’s easy to find a doctor close by. 

If you’re comparing health plans during Open Enrollment, consider the advantages of a plan that connects you to Dignity Health’s award-winning doctors. We offer many options throughout Santa Cruz County, from virtual care to on-site primary and specialty care, labs and imaging. And it's all backed by nationally recognized hospital programs for heart, stroke, maternity care and other specialties. 

This Open Enrollment, make sure you're getting the most out of your relationship with your doctor. Choose a health plan that connects you to Dignity Health.

How to enroll

As a CalPERS member you have many health plan options. Having a doctor you know and trust is a key part to maintaining your health. This Open Enrollment, be sure your plan includes the largest health care network in Santa Cruz County.

Signing up for insurance is easier than ever. Here are three simple steps to enroll.

  • Select an insurance plan accepted by Dignity Health
  • Find a Dignity Health Primary Care Doctor that meets your needs.
  • Enroll in your chosen plan based on your employer’s instructions. 

Dignity Health is proud to be offered through these HMO health plans:

  • Anthem Select
  • Anthem Traditional
  • Blue Shield Access+
  • Blue Shield Trio 
  • UnitedHealthcare SignatureValue Harmony HMO

For Retirees:

  • United Healthcare Group Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare Canopy Health Medicare Advantage (HMO-POS)

Because health plan and network information may change, we recommend confirming your choice is available in your area by contacting the health plan's customer service number listed on their website.

Dignity Health Care Network Map for Santa Cruz area

Our wellness center promotes better health for you and the community

The Dignity Health Wellness Center at Dominican Hospital opened in July 2021, and is committed to supporting our patients’ wellbeing goals.

We recognize the strong relationship between our lifestyle habits and our health. Our state of the art facility offers a wide range of health, wellness and rehabilitation classes for people of all ages and abilities. And we are staffed with a team of highly skilled clinical specialists – exercise physiologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses and respiratory therapists. 

As an additional benefit to our patients, we have taken the step to integrate referrals to the Wellness Center into electronic medical health record. This allows physicians and other primary care providers to have a direct link with Wellness Center staff, allowing for immediate communication regarding programs, individual progress and outcomes.

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Frequently asked questions

Open Enrollment is a time of year when you can sign up for health insurance. Additionally, you may qualify to enroll if you have a qualifying life event, like losing coverage through your employer.


September 18, 2023 - October 13, 2023


A primary care doctor helps you to manage your health. Common services include regular physical exams, prescribing medications, treating minor illness and injuries, managing chronic conditions, and screenings for common health problems.


Should you need specialized care, your primary care doctor can expertly guide your next steps, and connect you to the right specialist. There are five main types of primary care doctors: Family medicine doctors for the whole family; internal medicine-pediatric doctors for preventing and treating diseases, pediatricians who specialize in children, internal medicine doctors who care for adults, and OB-GYNs for adult women.


Choosing and building a relationship with one of these doctors can help you live a healthy lifestyle based on your individual needs.


One type of health insurance is not better than the other, but there are differences. With an HMO plan you will choose a Primary Care Provider (PCP), who will coordinate the care you need for any specialists. Services are all provided through physicians and facilities in the health plan's HMO network. With a PPO you may also choose a PCP, but you will not need a referral to see another physician. It will usually cost less to see in-network physicians than an out-of-network physician. Whether you are considering an HMO or a PPO, you can check which doctors, medical groups, hospitals, etc. are in the network before you enroll.

*Benefits among health plans and employers vary. Please refer to your health insurance information for details and descriptions of your benefits coverage.

Dignity Health is not a health insurance company. Dignity Health is a provider network of more than 60,000 caregivers and staff who deliver excellent care to diverse communities in hospitals, physician offices, and other types of care centers 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.

Talk to your HR department or Health Benefits Officer about enrolling in a plan that allows you to select Dignity Health affiliated doctors—or to simply make sure your current plan does.