President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Association
celebrated for her humanitarian contributions advocating for accessible
and affordable health care
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sister Carol Keehan, Daughters of Charity (DC), president and chief
executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United
States (CHA), received the first Humankindness in Health Care Award on
May 19 at the Dignity Health Foundation’s inaugural Humankindness Gala.
The designation recognizes individuals whose humanitarian contributions
have made a profound impact on their communities.
“Sr. Carol is a fierce advocate for expanding access to health care for
all people,” said Lloyd Dean, President/CEO of Dignity Health and
President of Dignity Health Foundation. “Her relentless pursuit of
improved health outcomes should serve as an inspiration to anyone in the
health care field.”
Keehan has worked in administrative and governance positions at
hospitals sponsored by the Daughters of Charity for more than 35 years.
She began her career as a nurse and rose through the ranks in Catholic
health care, holding influential roles at a variety of health care,
insurance and educational organizations becoming a passionate advocate
for accessible and affordable care along the way.
In 2005, Keehan became president and CEO of CHA, making her the third
woman religious chief executive in its history. Under her leadership,
the CHA has been a powerful influence in shaping health care policy in
the United States. In 2007 she topped Modern Healthcare’s list of “100
Most Influential People in Healthcare” and in 2010, TIME magazine named
her one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” She was a
2013 Opus Prize finalist for her work to expand access to affordable
health care, and was a recipient of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Cross
for the Church and Pontiff), bestowed by Pope Benedict XVI.
“I am honored to have received this distinction. I believe that it is
our duty to advocate on behalf of those who need a voice,” said Keehan.
“It’s inspiring to see so many come together to support the Dignity
Health Foundation and its initiatives to address major social issues. We
must all work together in order to enhance the common good.”
Almost 350 guests attended the Gala which raised more than $1 million to
benefit Dignity Health Foundation and its 2016 core initiatives which
address public health issues that plague its underserved communities:
Human Trafficking, Concussion Education and Postpartum Depression.
The event brought together local and national corporations, athletic
organizations, civic, and charitable leaders all committed to spreading
humankindness. Since its inception in 2012, Dignity Health Foundation
has helped bring major social issues facing its communities to the
forefront. In partnership with Dignity Health, California’s largest
health care system, the Foundation supports investments in people that
let them live with dignity and hope. The Foundation’s work focuses on
the people that need help but often lack the voice and resources to ask
for it, including the youth and underserved communities.
For more information please visit humankindnessgala.com.
About Dignity Health
Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, is a
21-state network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 59,000 employees, and more
than 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational
care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing
compassionate, high-quality and affordable patient-centered care with
special attention to the poor and underserved. In FY15, Dignity Health
provided $1.7 billion in charitable care and services. For more
information, please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org.
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Dee Mostofi, 415-438-5749