April 27, 2019, Santa Cruz, California – Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski, OP, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Dignity Health, notes in a special Earth Day article in National Catholic Reporter that the hospitals in her health care system are focusing on their responsibility to be good stewards of natural resources. Sister Mary Ellen has long been in the forefront of ecological efforts at Dignity Health, now part of CommonSpirit Health since the merger of Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives in February 2019. Under Sister Mary Ellen’s leadership, Dignity Health set a number of specific goals to “reduce its carbon footprint by 2020.” To read the portion of the article on Sister Mary Ellen and her work with Dignity Health, click here and scroll down a bit more than half way through the article.
March 29, 2019, Santa Cruz, California – Continuing her life-long dedication to children’s oral health, Sister Julie Hyer, OP, delivered a $25,000 check on behalf of the Lifeguard Charitable Fund to help a local clinic, Salud Para La Gente, to provide toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss to families of young children. Sister Julie lived out her dedication through years of ministry in health care as President and CEO of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz for more than 22 years and as CEO of Salud Para La Gente for two and a half years. This recent project is a continuation of her childhood efforts to collect donations of toothpaste for needy children. Read the entire article by Michael Oppenheimer in the Capitola Soquel Times.