Dignity Health Foundation celebrates the many ways we see, hear, and experience the magic of humankindness at third annual Humankindness Gala

One-hundred percent of proceeds from the gala are used to help address major social issues and health disparities facing our communities - human trafficking, postpartum depression, concussion education, and health equity 

Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski, this year's winner, holds her award

(May 2018) Dignity Health Foundation hosted its third annual Humankindness Gala on May 10 to showcase kindness and to address social issues facing communities served by Dignity Health, raising $1.4 million. Guests were greeted by Bay Area performers and walked an orange carpet sprawling across the entry to San Francisco City Hall, a play on the traditional red carpet. Atop the orange carpet were 8-foot tall letters reading “Hello” humankindness. Inside, City Hall was transformed to showcase the evening’s theme Through the Kaleidoscope: Kindness Reimagined.

The gala recognized that kindness can be offered by all of us with the Everyday Hero award — acknowledging extraordinary acts that epitomize humankindness. This year’s award winner is Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski, an Adrian Dominican Sister and the vice president of corporate responsibility at Dignity Health. She was recognized for raising awareness of health care’s impact on the environment and for promoting programs that proactively address issues of sustainability.

Dignity Health Foundation is a public, charitable foundation that was created to help solve major social issues and address health disparities facing our communities. In partnership with Dignity Health, California’s largest health care system, the foundation supports investments in people that help them live with dignity and hope.

“We believe that people who share the same community should all have access to the care and services that contribute to good health,” says Lloyd H. Dean, president and CEO, Dignity Health and president, Dignity Health Foundation. “As we work toward ensuring that more people gain access to safe housing, clean air, healthy food, and affordable transportation, our hope is that the inequities that now exist in so many communities will diminish and everyone can have the opportunity to be healthy.”

Dignity Health Foundation’s core initiatives address public health issues that have dramatically higher prevalence in underserved communities. These initiatives include:

  • Ending human trafficking: Dignity Health is training its care teams to identify victims and connect them to resources that restore health, freedom, and hope for a better life.
  • Confronting postpartum depression: Dignity Health is raising awareness, educating communities, and providing maternal health services to help these families in need.
  • Championing concussion education: Dignity Health is empowering student athletes to recognize and respond to early signs of concussion.
  • Improving health equity: Dignity Health supports health care programs that address social issues facing our vulnerable communities, including: mental health, chronic conditions, resources for our elderly, and trauma-informed care.

At the heart of these initiatives is the goal to empower people to lead healthier and happier lives.

“At Dignity Health, we believe no matter where you are born, grow, work, live, or age, every human being deserves the opportunity to be healthy,” says Jed York, CEO, San Francisco 49ers and chairman,Dignity Health Foundation. “I’m proud that Dignity Health Foundation is focusing on addressing those things that affect getting healthy and staying healthy.”