Dignity Health Foundation East Valley
In This Issue:
Message from Our President
Laughter is the Best Medicine: An Evening at Le Cirque
Challenge Grant Inspires Others to Give
Thank a CAREgiver
Goodbye, Cruel World; Hello Humankindness
Leaving Your Legacy With Dignity
Connect With Us
About Dignity Health Foundation East Valley
Our Mission
Our Website
Donate Now
October 2013


Message from Aaron A. Peace - President, Dignity Health Foundation – East Valley

In this newsletter, you will get a firsthand look at some of the incredible opportunities you have available to get involved. Whether it is purchasing a ticket to our upcoming 10th Annual Laughter is the Best Medicine gala or by leaving a lasting legacy through planned giving. You will also hear a donor story and how this individual is making a difference in the “Building on Commitment” capital campaign. We are also introducing our new CAREgiver program, which will give grateful patients an opportunity to say “Thank You” to those really making a difference on the front lines in our medical centers. As we head into fall, it is exciting to see the many areas in which our Foundation is making a difference at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers and in our community. In our last fiscal year, we were able to transfer almost $3 million dollars directly into purchasing state-of-the-art medical equipment and training, capital projects, community programs, and for providing health care to the underserved and impoverished.

Charitable giving makes a difference on the bottom line and helping us to fulfill our mission of providing compassionate and high-quality health care to our communities. As the East Valley continues to grow and the requirements for our exceptional patient care grows to meet the needs of our residents, enhanced capabilities and services are necessary to accommodate growing health care demands – while still meeting our tight budgets. That is why your giving is more important than ever. Thank you for making a difference!

All my best,

Aaron A. Peace

To make a real difference visit our website www.SupportDignityHealthEastValley.org or call 480.728.3931.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine: An Evening at Le Cirque - A Night of Nonstop Fun and Laughter

Don't miss our 10th annual Laughter is the Best Medicine gala to be held on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa. This event features a cocktail reception, exceptional auction items, gourmet dinner and dessert, and entertainment that is sure to put a smile on your face. This year's auction and raffle will feature incredible trips and once in a lifetime sports memories like The Arizona Cardinals' VIP Super Bowl Experience.

Be part of history at Super Bowl 48 in New York City. You will travel as a VIP with the AZ Cardinals to Super Bowl 48 including a stay at the NFL host hotel for four nights, two tickets to the big game as well as a weekend full of VIP Super Bowl events.

There will be something for everyone and remember that Diamonds are a girl's best friend. Beautiful jewelry from Helzberg Diamonds at the newly opened Premium Outlets of Chandler will be available in our raffle and live auctions.

Mark Cordes is returning to Laughter is the Best Medicine this year to anchor this well-rounded production. He was the host with the most last year and we welcome his participation and his philanthropic generosity for our 10th anniversary. This year Mark brings Butch Schoen, one of the top close-up magicians in the country.

Mike Hammer is part magician and part comedian. Hammer takes audience interaction to the limit in his fast-paced Top-10 rated Vegas show, which blends cutting wit with legitimately stunning magic. Anything can, and frequently does, happen! He is also bringing Robb Weinstock, an award-winning close-up magician. Their incredible high-energy style of humor will leave you wanting more.

What Evening at Le Cirque would be complete without performances by the Circus School of Arizona? Their amazing acrobatic talent and incredible costumes will assist in making this evening an amazing experience at Le Cirque.

This is the event of the season! Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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Challenge Grant Inspires Others to Give

Impactful and inspiring. Those are the words Joe Anderson used when describing the reasons behind his $500,000 challenge grant to the Building on Commitment campaign that supports the construction of Tower C. Joe has a history with Dignity Health and the Sisters of Mercy, and has been inspired by the lives of Sister's Mary Roqueta and Margaret McBride.

So it was “the natural thing to do,” he says, to support the campaign and do it in a way that inspired others to follow suit. The Anderson Family Foundation of Phoenix, Ariz. and Napa Valley, Calif. offered a match challenge to Dignity Health's East Valley community to raise $500,000 between April 22, 2012 and July 4, 2013. Hospital employees, physicians, volunteers, and the East Valley community rallied to the challenge and raised more than $500,000.

Joe is the former owner of Schaller Anderson Insurance (now an Aetna company), and is a close friend and former business colleague of Tom Marreel, the Capital Campaign Co-Chair and a member of both, foundation and hospital boards. Joe has been inspired by Tom's passion and he deeply believes in the mission and values of Dignity Health and its hospitals.

We thank Joe for his generosity and for inspiring so many others to donate.

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Thank a CAREgiver

Have you or a loved one had a great experience at Chandler Regional or Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers? Have you had an incredible encounter at one of our Dignity Health Urgent Care locations? Has a hospital employee, physician, or volunteer shown you that little bit of extra humankindness, or done something that was “above and beyond” the call of duty to make your stay special?

Show your appreciation through the CAREgiver program, where a caregiver is honored by hospital leadership and recognized among their peers as someone who provides excellent care and spreads humankindness. As you can see from our Hello Humankindness campaign, we are honored to provide more than just quality medical care at Dignity Health.

Please take a moment to show your appreciation and name a special caregiver, employee, physician, or a volunteer for this honor. You may also give a donation in their name – visit www.SupportDignityHealthEastValley.org and look for the CAREgiver section.

There are shining examples of Dignity Health caregivers healing the body and spirit of those in need.

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Goodbye, Cruel World; Hello, Humankindness

by Bill Santamour, Managing Editor, Hospitals & Health Networks

I once committed the awful sin of describing somebody in a newspaper interview as "a nice guy." My editor was not pleased. "Nice? Nice!" he bellowed across the newsroom in that nuanced way editors of the era mentored novice journalists. "We don't write about nice people! Nobody wants to read about nice people and nobody wants to be described as nice!

Well, actually I'd been called worse on more than one occasion, but I thought better than to engage him further on the issue. And his lesson held; I don't think I've accused anybody of being nice in print since that August afternoon in 1974.

Maybe I'll rethink that policy now that Dignity Health has launched a campaign called Hello Humankindness. The health system, whose market spans parts of California, Nevada and Arizona, is celebrating and promoting laudable behavior as "a strategy for bringing humanity back into health care and the world at large," according to Tricia Griffin, Dignity Health's director of public affairs.

Griffin told me research shows most people: (a) don't think the American health care system is very humane and (b) want to be listened to by their health care providers. Neither of those concerns is evident in the nasty debate around reform still taking place in Washington, D.C. "All the talk is impersonal, focused on cost and politics, rather than on the people who need health care," she says.

Hello Humankindness aims to enrich the conversation. "We've always been aware of the importance of human connection and human kindness to help people heal," Griffin told me. "Hello Humankindness reinforces the importance of that."

The organization is also systematically training its 56,000 employees how to effectively listen to patients and their family members, as well as to each other. Hospital chaplains, whose listening skills are at the heart of what they do, play a big role in that part of the initiative.

Dignity Health's leaders set the tone, Griffin says, by demonstrating kindness to employees and intervening whenever they see unacceptable behavior among staff. "We hire and fire to a human kindness standard," she says.

Because Hello Humankindness is, after all, a marketing campaign, its success will be measured via patient and employee satisfaction surveys, brand awareness and public perception of the brand.

But let's hope its impact will be broader than that, and that similar campaigns pop up around the country. Maybe, if it works, one of these days' people will actually be pleased to be called nice.

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Leaving Your Legacy with Dignity

If you believe in investing in a healthier future for our community, but don't want to part with money today, a gift in your will or trust may be the donation option you've been looking for. It has these benefits:

Simplicity. Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed. Please contact us to receive sample wording you can share with your attorney to complete your gift.

Flexibility. Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.

Versatility. You can structure the gift to leave a specific item or amount of money, make it contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to us.

Tax relief. When you make a gift to Dignity Health Foundation - East Valley–a qualified charitable organization–in your will or trust, your estate is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift's full value.

If you have already included a gift to Dignity Health Foundation - East Valley in your will or trust, please notify us so we can ensure that your gift will be used exactly as you intend. Plus, it would be our honor to thank you for your gift.

For more information contact Alan Knobloch at alan.knobloch@dignityhealth.org or by calling him directly at 480.728.3931.

Connect With Us

Dignity Health Foundation East Valley now has more ways than ever for you to get information about all that is happening – from Foundation and hospital news, to special events, fundraising campaigns and more. Here's how you can connect with us:

Website: Our website is continually changing and expanding. Check back often and to stay up-to-date on the latest news, events and other information from the Foundation. Learn about groups and individuals who support the Foundation and how you can help.

Facebook: Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dignityhealthfoundationeastvalley
“Like” our page and find out the latest details regarding events, fundraisers, news and accomplishments from Dignity Health Foundation East Valley. See photos, watch videos and interact with us. We'd love to hear from you!

We're happy to speak to you in person or via phone or email to answer your questions. Call us at 480.728.3931 or send us an email at EastValleyFoundation@DignityHealth.org.

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About Dignity Health Foundation

East Valley


To support Dignity Health facilities and programs in the Southeast Valley through philanthropy.

The Foundation provides financial support for capital projects, equipment, programs and services for children, women, and senior citizens, and the care of uninsured or under-insured families at the hospital. The generosity of the communities we serve helps ensure excellence in patient care, medical education, and research.

Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, and the community outreach programs managed by Dignity Health in the East Valley are committed to furthering healing by delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services; serving and advocating for the poor and disenfranchised; and partnering with others in the community to improve quality of life.

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