Philly Awards

Vice presidents of philanthropy include, from left, Jessa Brooks, Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation; Deborah Nicklas, Dignity Health Central Coast Service Area and French Hospital Medical Center Foundation; Montisa Phelan Lopez, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation; and Deborah Klein, St. John’s Healthcare Foundation.

Three Central Coast hospitals and their foundations were honored with three Dignity Health Philly Awards at the Dignity Health Philanthropy Education Summit held recently in Newport Beach.

More than 160 participants from all 31 Dignity Health foundations were on hand.

“The Philly Awards is a time to celebrate the amazing work of our foundations while also coming together as a group of passionate mission-driven individuals,” said Fred Najjar, senior vice president of philanthropy at Dignity Health.

Dignity Health Central Coast hospital foundations, which include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation, French Hospital Medical Center Foundation, Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation and St. John’s Healthcare Foundation, were collectively acknowledged as the Top Performing Philanthropic Service Area for the third consecutive year.

“The philanthropic support our hospitals receive from our communities assures that we are equipped with the most advanced technologies and state-of-the-art facilities to care for our patients. We would not have or be able to develop our clinical programs to the capacity or clinical level without philanthropic support. Our Foundation boards are to be commended for their stellar leadership and we are thankful for the continued support and generosity of our communities,” said Charles J. Cova, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health and former president and chief executive officer of Marian Regional Medical Center.

Other award recipients included Largest Philanthropic Gift recognition to French Hospital Medical Center Foundation in San Luis Obispo. The $5.5 million gift from Mary Beth and Peter Oppenheimer was the largest gift in the history of French Hospital. The funds were earmarked for expansion and modernization of the hospital’s emergency services.

Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation was honored with the Quality Improvement Award with an 87-percent improvement in revenue, 49-percent improvement in cost per dollar raised, and a 12-percent improvement in transfers over the previous fiscal year.

French Hospital Medical Center Foundation and the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation were also nominated for the Foundation of the Year Award and were recognized as two of the top three foundations in the Dignity Health system.


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