|Catholic Healthcare West (1986-2012)|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
Number of locations
39 acute care hospitals|
250 ancillary care sites
|Arizona, California and Nevada|
Lloyd H. Dean, President/CEO |
Daniel J. Morissette, CFO
|Revenue||$10,522,568,000 USD (2012)|
|$59,112,000 USD (2012)|
|$132,549,000 USD (2012)|
Number of employees
Footnotes / references|
2012 Audited Financial Statement
About Dignity Health
Dignity Health is a California-based not-for-profit public-benefit corporation that operates hospitals and ancillary care facilities in 3 states. As such, it is exempt from federal and state income taxes. Dignity Health is the fifth largest hospital system in the nation and the largest not-for-profit hospital provider in California. Dignity Health was founded in 1986 by the Sisters of Mercy under the name Catholic Healthcare West.
From the time of its founding, and until 2012, the company was an official ministry of the Roman Catholic Church. In 2012, the company's corporate governance structure changed, moving it out of the Catholic Church and resulting in a name change to Dignity Health.
Dignity Health is the official health care provider of the San Francisco Giants. It provides services to minor and major league players and has a clinic at AT&T Park that offers urgent care and physical therapy services to fans and the surrounding community.
CHW was founded in 1986, when the Sisters of Mercy Burlingame Regional Community and the Sisters of Mercy Auburn Regional Community merged their health care ministries into one organization.
In 2010, Dignity Health, Blue Shield of California, and Hill Physicians Medical Group formed an Accountable Care Organization that covers 41,000 individuals in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). During its first 2 years, this program reduced inpatient use and health care costs significantly.
The Board of Directors are responsible for approving major decisions affecting Dignity Health's health care business, such as long-range strategic plans, the allocation of capital, joint ventures, and major acquisitions and sales. Dignity Health's Board of Directors are:
Although Dignity Health is not a Catholic institution, the organization owns and operates 24 Catholic hospitals. While overall fiscal responsibility for these hospitals rests with the Board of Directors, certain reserve rights are still held by the religious orders that founded them. The Sponsorship Council comprises sisters from each of the six Catholic religious communities that first opened each of the Catholic hospitals owned by Dignity Health. Each community selects one woman to act as one of the six members of the Sponsorship Council. The six Catholic religious communities are currently represented by:
On December 21, 2010, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix declared that a Catholic Healthcare West hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, could no longer call itself a Catholic institution after a 2009 procedure that ended a pregnancy to save a woman's life. In a public statement, Bishop Olmsted called the procedure a direct abortion, which is in direct violation of The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. In a statement, St. Joseph's President Linda Hunt said the hospital would comply with Olmsted's decision, but she defended the actions of the hospital staff, stating, "If we are presented with a situation in which a pregnancy threatens a woman's life, our first priority is to save both patients. If that is not possible, we will always save the life we can save, and that is what we did in this case. Morally, ethically, and legally, we simply cannot stand by and let someone die whose life we might be able to save." The story made national headlines. Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, defended St. Joseph's decision to terminate the pregnancy. "They had been confronted with a heartbreaking situation," she said in a formal statement. "They carefully evaluated the patient's situation and correctly applied the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services to it, saving the only life that was possible to save."
In 2012, trustees of Ashland Community Hospital in Ashland, Oregon invited Dignity Health to acquire it for debt. Community members raised concerns about the possible takeover, pointing to restrictions in Dignity's Statement of Common Values that might mean that the hospital would no longer offer abortion services, or euthanasia services under the Oregon Death with Dignity law. Asked by Ashland mayor John Stromberg if the Statement of Common Values could be modified, Dignity Vice-President for Ethics and Justice Education Carol Bayley told community members, "As far as loosening it, don't hold out hope. We have our feet in Catholic mud, there is no denying it." Facing increasing community opposition, Dignity Health ceased negotiations without explanation on October 30, 2012.
Dignity Health was included by California Attorney General Kamala Harris on the antitrust investigation, launched in September 2012, into whether growing consolidation in the state's hospitals and physician groups was driving up the health care costs.
As of summer 2018, Dignity Health does not provide many services considered routine by non-religious providers, including some emergency procedures. Dignity Health has cited the "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services" as its guideline in approving or refusing medical procedures. That document is prepared by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is not a medical organization. A particular controversy results from Dignity Health's non-Catholic marketing style, and unclear representations of which facilities are and are not considered Catholic.
Dignity Health owns or operates 40 hospitals--24 Catholic and 15 non-Catholic:
|Barrow Neurological Institute||Phoenix||Arizona||1961||1986||Mercy Health System|
|Chandler Regional Medical Center||Chandler||Arizona||1961||1999|
|Mercy Gilbert Medical Center||Gilbert||Arizona||2006||2006|
|St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center||Phoenix||Arizona||1895||1986||Mercy Health System|
|St. Joseph's Westgate Medical Center||Glendale||Arizona||2014||2014|
|Arroyo Grande Community Hospital||Arroyo Grande||California||1962||2004||Universal Health Services|
|Bakersfield Memorial Hospital||Bakersfield||California||1956||1996|
|California Hospital Medical Center||Los Angeles||California||1887||1998||UniHealth|
|Community Hospital of San Bernardino||San Bernardino||California||1910||1998|
|Dominican Hospital||Santa Cruz||California||1941||1988||Adrian Dominican Sisters|
|French Hospital Medical Center||San Luis Obispo||California||1946||2004||Universal Health Services|
|Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center||Glendale||California||1926||1998||UniHealth|
|Marian Regional Medical Center||Santa Maria||California||1940||1997||Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity|
|Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital||San Andreas||California||1951||1996||Dominican Sisters of San Rafael|
|Mercy General Hospital||Sacramento||California||1897||1986||Mercy Healthcare|
|Mercy Hospital of Folsom||Folsom||California||1962||1986||Mercy Healthcare|
|Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield, Southwest Campus||Bakersfield||California||1992||1992|
|Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield, Truxtun Campus||Bakersfield||California||1910||1986||Mercy Health System|
|Mercy Medical Center Merced||Merced||California||1923||1996||Racine Dominican Sisters|
|Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta||Mt. Shasta||California||1986||Mercy Healthcare|
|Mercy Medical Center Redding||Redding||California||1986||Mercy Healthcare|
|Mercy San Juan Medical Center||Carmichael||California||1967||1986||Mercy Healthcare|
|Methodist Hospital of Sacramento||Sacramento||California||1973||1992|
|Northridge Hospital Medical Center||Los Angeles||California||1955||1998||UniHealth|
|Saint Francis Memorial Hospital||San Francisco||California||1906||1993|
|Sequoia Hospital||Redwood City||California||1950||1996||Sequoia Healthcare District|
|Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital||Grass Valley||California||1958||1996|
|St. Bernardine Medical Center||San Bernardino||California||1931||1996||Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word|
|St. Elizabeth Community Hospital||Red Bluff||California||1906||1995||Sisters of Mercy, Omaha Regional Community|
|St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital||Camarillo||California||1974||1994|
|St. John's Regional Medical Center||Oxnard||California||1912||1986||Mercy Health System|
|St. Joseph's Behavioral Health Center||Stockton||California||1988||1996||Dominican Sisters of San Rafael|
|St. Joseph's Medical Center||Stockton||California||1899||1996||Dominican Sisters of San Rafael|
|St. Mary Medical Center||Long Beach||California||1923||1996||Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word|
|St. Mary's Medical Center||San Francisco||California||1857||1986||Mercy Health System|
|St. Rose Dominican Hospital - Rose de Lima Campus||Henderson||Nevada||1947||1988||Adrian Dominican Sisters|
|St. Rose Dominican Hospital - San Martín Campus||Spring Valley||Nevada||2006||2006|
|St. Rose Dominican Hospital - Siena Campus||Henderson||Nevada||2000||2000|