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2016

Dignity Health Posts 2016 Financial Results

09/22/16

Health System Maintains Commitment to Mission and Adapts to Challenges in Changing Care Models.

Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives Team Up to Launch the Largest Community-Based Precision Medicine Program in the U.S.

09/19/16

Alliance will offer advanced technologies and genomic profiling to nearly 150 hospitals.

Bay Area High Schools Piloting Dignity Health Concussion Network

09/06/16

The San Francisco 49ers, California Interscholastic Federation, and ImPACT Expand the Comprehensive Program to Improve Sports Concussion Education, Prevention and Response.

Dignity Health Foundation Honors Sister Carol Keehan, DC, with First Humankindness Award

05/26/16

The designation recognizes individuals whose humanitarian contributions have made a profound impact on their communities.

Dignity Health Improves Asthma Outcomes with Use of Digital Health Technology

04/20/16

The study, "Effectiveness of Population Health Management Using the Propeller Health Asthma Platform: A Randomized Clinical Trial," was recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

Dignity Health to Highlight How Innovation is Changing Health Care Delivery during HIMSS 2016

02/29/16

The sessions will demonstrate how technology has helped Dignity Health reduce costs, improve patient experience and outcomes, and increase access to care.

Dignity Health Partners with GoHealth Urgent Care to Bring More Accessible and Consumer Focused Urgent Care Centers to the Bay Area

02/09/16

This partnership will provide patients with greater access to convenient care, where and when they need it most.

Bay Area High School Athletes First in California to Receive Innovative Concussion Education Program from Dignity Health Concussion Network

01/29/16

Three Bay Area high schools - George Washington, Overfelt, and Berkeley - have been selected to receive Dignity Health Concussion Network's comprehensive concussion education, cognitive assessments, and pre-and-post concussion testing.

Thousands of Dignity Health Employees and Physicians Participate in 2016 Great Kindness Challenge

01/25/16

As part of the Great Kindness Challenge this year, Dignity Health has selected a group of community leaders, including Dean; Rep. Doris Matsui; and former CEO of Ella Health, Melissa Dyrdahl, to share their personal "Leading with Kindness" stories, offering poignant moments and lessons where kindness impacted their careers.

2015

Dignity Health Appoints Elizabeth Keith, Daniel Morissette to Executive Vice President Positions

12/14/15

Dignity Health, one of the largest health systems in the nation, has named Daniel Morissette to the position of senior executive vice president/chief financial officer

Dignity Health to Limit Investments in Thermal Coal Energy

12/03/15

Dignity Health will participate in meetings concurrent with the COP21 Paris Climate Conference.

Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente Join Forces to Strengthen Health Care in Stockton Area

11/03/15

Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente are partnering to meet the health care needs of the Stockton community by jointly owning St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Dignity Health Launches #TakeBackYourMorning As Clocks Fall Back, ChallengingAmericans to Embrace the Simple, Non-Digital, Pleasures of a New Day

11/02/15

New survey from health care system reveals almost half of respondents check their phones before getting out of bed in the morning

Dignity Health Saves $60 Million on Reductions in Hospital-Acquired Conditions and Readmissions; Positively Affects 16,000 Patients

10/29/15

Dignity Health has been selected for a second round of Hospital Engagement Network funding to develop and implement learning initiatives to support patient safety efforts across its system

Dignity Health Posts 2015 Financial Results

09/23/15

Health system strengthens focus on new models for health care delivery

Dignity Health Facilities Receive a $220 Million Facelift to Express Health, Healing and Humankindness

09/10/15

Multi-Phase Design Enhancements in 39 Hospitals Support Patient Experience

Dignity Health Donates $132,000 to Deliver Medical Supplies to Nepal

05/17/15

Partnering with MedShare and Project C.U.R.E., Supplies Will Help Earthquake Recovery Efforts

Dignity Health's Project Humankindness Highlights the Collective Impact of itsLongstanding Community Benefit Programs

04/08/15

Financial Contributions and Volunteerism Comprise More than 20 years of Improving Communities

Turn Your Heartbeat into Music This Valentine's Day with the NewDignity Health Heartbeat Symphony Experience

02/11/15

Web App Allows You to Share the Unique Music of Your Heartbeat with a Loved One

Dignity Health Launches Heartbeat Symphony App Experience

02/11/15

Share the unique music of your heartbeat with a loved one

Dignity Health, Students of the Great Kindness Challenge Complete Record Number of Acts of Kindness

02/04/15

Dignity Health Completes Millions of Kind Acts for the Great Kindness Challenge

Thousands of Dignity Health Employees and Physicians Set To Participate in Kindness Challenge This Week

01/26/15

Dignity Health is "Matching" Kind Acts of School Kids for The Great Kindness Challenge

2014

Dignity Health Announces Commitment to Prepare for the Impacts of Climate Change

12/17/14

Health Care Provider Will Join White House Initiative to Improve Climate Resilience

Dignity Health Donates $450,000 to Deliver Medical Supplies to Sierra Leone

12/04/14

Through Project C.U.R.E. Partnership, Supplies Will Help in the Fight Against Ebola

Scientific Literature Review Shows Health Care Delivered with Kindness and Compassion Leads to Faster Healing, Reduced Pain

11/12/14

Dignity Health and Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education announce partnership to study impact of compassion and kindness in health care

WelVU Wins Dignity Health and Box Developer Challenge

04/09/14

The company received $100,000 from The Social+Capital Partnership to bring personalized patient engagement solutions in health care

Dignity Health Saves $30 Million on Reductions in Hospital-Acquired Infections and Readmissions; Positively Affects 10,000 Patients

04/08/14

National health system selected to participate in the Partnership for Patients' Hospital Engagement Network for the third consecutive year

2013

Americans Rate Kindness as Top Factor in Care

11/13/13

Patients are willing to pay more and travel further for kinder treatment

Dignity Health Posts Positive Margin in 2013

10/16/13

Health system continues to take leadership role in implementing reforms, improving quality, and innovating to ensure the patient is at the center of health care.

Dignity Health and Optum Launch New Company

10/14/13

As consumers take a greater role in health care decisions, Dignity Health and Optum launch Optum360 to simplify billing and increase cost transparency for patients and modernize administration for hospitals, care providers, and payers

Rick Grossman, Darryl Robinson Appointed to EVP Positions

10/11/13

Dignity Health, one of the five largest hospital systems in the nation, has named Rick Grossman to the position of executive vice president/general counsel and Darryl Robinson as executive vice president/chief human resources officer.

Dignity Health says "Hello humankindness"

07/13/13

Hello humankindness is Dignity Health's response to two realities that have increasingly shaped the American cultural landscape and a health care industry moving towards reform: the institutionalization of health care and the decline of civility in society.

Dignity Health "Bundles Up" to Improve Coordination

01/31/13

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation have named several Dignity Health hospitals as among those to pilot bundled payment models.

Dramatic Reduction in Early Elective Deliveries

01/22/13

Dignity Health has reduced early elective deliveries from 7 percent to 1 percent in less than one year, preventing 70 NICU admissions and saving $1 million.

Dignity Health Announces $11.9M in Grants & Investments

01/14/13

Dignity Health announced today that it has made more than $4.2 million in grant awards and $7.7 million in new community investments to non-profit organizations in California, Arizona, Oregon, and Nevada.

2012

Dignity Health Posts 2012 Financial Results

10/05/12

Health system grows nationally, continues partnerships in accountable care, technology investments, and community benefit in advance of health reform.

Dignity Health to Acquire US HealthWorks

07/02/12

Dignity Health announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of U.S. HealthWorks

Dignity Health Responds to Supreme Court Decision

06/28/12

Dignity Health President/CEO Lloyd H. Dean's official statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act.

Dignity Health Licenses Robotic Surgical System

04/30/12

Exclusive licensing rights have been given to Excelsius Surgical to develop and bring to market a robotic surgical guidance system that will allow physicians to perform less invasive spinal procedures.

First in the Nation to Switch to Dye-Free Plastics

04/04/12

Dignity Health announced today it will be the first health care system in the nation to begin using pigment-free patient plastics in all of its hospitals and other care centers to reduce its impact on the environment

Catholic Healthcare West is now Dignity Health

01/23/12

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the fifth largest health system in the nation, announced today that it has changed its name to Dignity Health as part of a governance restructure that will position the organization to succeed in a changing health care environment.

2011

CHW Selected for National Best Practice Program

12/15/11

Catholic Healthcare West has been named one of the first federally designated Hospital Engagement Centers as part of a national initiative to improve health care quality and reduce costs.

Mobile App Puts CHW Docs "At the Bedside" 24X7

11/15/11

Breakthrough technology connects doctors to moms in labor

SF Chamber of Commerce Honors Catholic Healthcare West

11/14/11

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has honored Catholic Healthcare West with its Excellence in Business Award.

Dignity Health Appoints Elizabeth Keith, Daniel Morissette to Executive Vice President Positions

09/30/11

CHW announced the results of its 2011 fiscal year, posting a net income of $917 million for the year ended June 30.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Reviews Pilot ACO

09/16/11

White House Cabinet Member visits Saint Francis Memorial Hospital to learn about what she called "one of the best examples of patient care in the country."

CHW's Official Response to President Obama's Jobs Speech

09/08/11

CHW's President/CEO, Lloyd H. Dean, applauds President Obama's efforts to create more jobs, warns that more cuts to government health programs will "severely impact our ability to hire and retain workers."

Lloyd Dean Among Health Care's 20 Most Influential Leaders

08/23/11

CHW President/CEO has been recognized as one of the nation's top 20 most influential people in health care, calls for continued commitment to health care as a fundamental human right.

CHW Proud to be Primary Investor in CA FreshWorks

07/20/11

CHW is proud to be one of the primary investors in the California Endowment's FreshWorks Fund.

CHW Sets Ambitious Energy Goals

04/21/11

By the year 2020, CHW will reduce overall energy consumption by 20%, greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, and fully 35% of energy use will come from renewable sources.

CHW Among First to Join Partnership for Patients

04/12/11

Catholic Healthcare West is one of the first hospital systems in the nation to join Partnership for Patients, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services project that requires invited members to sign a pledge committing to reduce medical errors and readmissions.

Keeping Our Eyes on the Health Reform Prize

03/24/11

On the anniversary of the health reform law, CHW's President/CEO Lloyd H. Dean and the President for the Pacific Business Group on Health, David Lansky, talk about the promise of a modernized health system.

Accountable Care Organization Takes Root in San Francisco

03/02/11

CHW, Hill Physicians, UCSF team up on an accountable care organization for the City and County of San Francisco.

Nationwide Maps Guide Community Health Planning

02/16/11

CHW has released an online functionality for its groundbreaking Community Need Index, which pinpoints health need for every zip code in the U.S.

St. Joseph's Hospital and the Diocese of Phoenix

01/07/11

Background, media statements, frequently asked questions, and analysis regarding CHW's St. Joseph's Hospital and the Diocese of Phoenix.

2010

Groundbreaking Severe Sepsis Prevention Program Saves Lives

08/30/10

CHW reduces sepsis mortality by 33 percent, saves $36.5 million in three years.

Herbert Vallier Named SVP/Chief Human Resources Officer

08/06/10

Herbert "Herb" J. Vallier has been named to the position of Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer.

CHW Contributes to $22 Million Loan Fund

06/30/10

CHW reaffirms its commitment to local health care providers by contributing $5 million to a $22 million emergency loan program for cash-strapped clinics and rural hospitals affected by delays in Medi-Cal payments.

CHW Receives Environmental Excellence Award

05/19/10

Practice Greenhealth presents CHW and 14 of its hospitals with national award for environmental stewardship.

Lloyd H. Dean Named Among Top 25 Minorities in Healthcare

04/21/10

Modern Healthcare Names Top 25 Minorities in Healthcare

CHW Applauds Passage of Health Care Reform

03/22/10

As long-time advocates for meaningful health care reform, CHW is pleased with the continued progress towards fixing our broken national health system.

CHW Increases Investment in Electronic Health Records

02/24/10

EHR to be installed at 31 hospitals, as well as medical foundations and community physician offices

CHW Makes $100,000 Donation to Haiti Earthquake Relief

01/14/10

Donations to assist in meeting immediate needs and to rebuild local hospital

2009

Catholic Healthcare West Releases Fiscal Year 2009 Results

10/09/09

CHW announces the results of its 2009 fiscal year, posting operating income of $261 million for the year ended June 30, compared to $160 million in the 2008 fiscal year.

Major Ad Campaign Aimed at Achieving Health Care Reform

06/15/09

CHW Urges Elected Officials and Health Care Industry Leaders to Deliver Meaningful Reform; Ads Highlight CHW's Focus on Innovation and Cost Control as Part of the Solution

CHW Partners on Innovative CalPERS Pilot

04/22/09

Sacramento CalPERS pilot project will bring three health care organizations together to reduce costs while improving health care quality.

More in U.S. Worried about Health Costs than Job Loss

04/05/09

CHW's 2009 Health Security Index reveals that even the more affluent are struggling with affordable health care.

CHW Makes $5 Million Available to Community Health Clinics

02/26/09

Loan funds to help community health clinics impacted by late Medi-Cal payments.

2008

Calif. Health Leaders Launch CEO Coalition for Health Reform

12/11/08

Lloyd H. Dean and Bruce Bodaken bring lessons learned from California reform debate to national group that embraces transformational change

CHW Reaches Tentative Agreement with SEIU

10/14/08

Agreement covers employees at more than 30 CHW facilities in California.

CHW Names Dual EVP/COO Positions

10/13/08

William (Bill) Hunt and Marvin O'Quinn named to dual COO role.

CHW Posts Stable 2008 Performance

10/10/08

Results follow substantial re-investments in the ministry, increased community contributions, and affirmations of CHW's strong credit rating.

Three Prominent Physicians Join CHW Board

09/16/08

Doctors Andrew Agwunobi, Thomas Garthwaite, and Rodney Hochman join CHW Board of Directors

10 CHW Hospitals Honored for Environmental Action

05/21/08

Practice Greenhealth recognizes CHW hospitals for environmental commitment.

Lloyd Dean Among 'Top 25' Minority Executives

05/13/08

CHW President/CEO named one of the 'Top 25' Minorities in Healthcare

Jarrett Anderson Named Chairperson

05/07/08

CHW names Jarrett Anderson to top Board position

CHW Named Among Best Places to Work

05/05/08

For the fourth consecutive year, CHW is named among the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area.

CHW Launches New Ad Campaign

04/07/08

CHW launches thought-provoking ad campaign to bring more Americans into the debate

Security Gap Growing in America

03/31/08

CHW's 2008 Health Security Index reveals America's Top Healthcare Concerns

Dr. Robert L. Wiebe Named CMO

03/24/08

Veterans Health executive joins nation's 8th largest hospital system.

CHW Convenes National Leaders

02/12/08

Lloyd Dean and former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta co-moderate Summit.

Catholic Healthcare West Expands Language Access Initiative

01/30/08

Healthcare Provider Receives $420,000 Grant to Train Medical Interpreters in 86 Facilities

CHW Makes $3 Million in Grant Awards

01/08/08

CHW has awarded $3 million in grants to 196 non profits.

2007

CHW President/CEO Lloyd Dean Receives Most-Admired CEO Award

11/15/07

San Francisco Business Times Recognizes Dean for Excellence in Leadership