Our Program Mission

Our parent organization, CommonSpirit Health, has as its Mission:  We make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.  As part of CommonSpirit Health, St. Mary is a Dignity Health hospital with name origins of "Dignity" as showing respect for all people by providing excellent care and helping them lead healthy, meaningful lives. We are energized with our slogan “Hello humankindness” which expresses the ability of humanity to heal with kindness and respect.

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From CommonSpirit’s CEO Lloyd Dean and St. Mary Medical Center’s CEO Carolyn Caldwell to all of the staff who help us care for patients and each other, we serve to advance this vital mission.  One of our major strengths is our own diversity, as it helps us relate to the very similar diversity of our community.  We help patients of color, patients of varying ethnic backgrounds, patients who identify as LGBTQ, patients with socioeconomic challenges, and everyone who walks through our doors for care.  And, we strive to treat them all as we would want to be treated, recognizing that they may have some similar characteristics, but are each unique in many ways.  We strive to be inclusive and to help address healthcare disparities and address structural bias and other such barriers.

Over the years, our residents have been selected, in part, for the diversity of their backgrounds and the likelihood that they would be able to relate to the patients in our community.  Some of our residents have come from our own local community and participated in the “pipeline” Cope Care Extenders volunteer program that encourages a “pipeline” into healthcare careers.  Our residency selection process includes positive assessments for patient care, knowledge, professionalism, and communication skills, but also for volunteerism and demonstrated altruism, willingness to learn, and cultural and language understanding and abilities. They have learned their “healing arts” by better understanding diversity and social determinants of health.  We trust that you have these same interests and characteristics and that you will want to join with us and express your own humankindness.

For More Information

For more information on the St. Mary residency program, please call (562) 512-9991 or email Kel Miller, Manager of Academic Affairs ([email protected])

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