Vice president for mission integration, St. Joseph Health–Sonoma County
1165 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa 95405; stjhs.org
Residence: Santa Rosa
Professional background: I have 16 years of healthcare experience, including my most recent role as Vice President of Mission Integration (interim starting July 2014 and permanent as of November 2014). This includes leadership positions during the preceding 8 years as director over Mission Integration and Spiritual Care. Earlier management and clinical roles included Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Nutrition Services Manager.
Education: M.A., health care mission, Aquinas Institute of Theology; B.S., nutrition, and graduate certificate in dietetics with a specialty in older adults and HIV/AIDS, San Francisco State University.
Staff: about 2,200 in Sonoma County; about 25,000 systemwide.
Tell us about yourself and your company: I am vice president of mission integration for St. Joseph Health in Sonoma County, with executive responsibility for the organization’s community benefit, mission, clinical ethics and volunteer services, among other duties rooted in our health system’s commitment to continually reinvest in community-based programs to meet local needs.
St. Joseph Health is a not-for-profit provider of integrated health care sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. In the North Bay, it serves communities out of 70 sites in Sonoma County alone. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by improving health and quality of life in the communities it serves.
Sonoma County entities include the 278-bed Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, our region’s Level II trauma center; 80-bed Petaluma Valley Hospital, which St. Joseph Health leases and operates; Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma and North County Hospice; St. Joseph Urgent Care centers in Windsor, Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa; and St. Joseph Home Care Network.
Both through its extensive community outreach programs and its award-winning acute, outpatient and primary care services, St. Joseph Health is the leading provider of care to the uninsured and underinsured in the North Bay. Santa Rosa Memorial treats the most complex, critically ill patients in the region, representing the sole receiving center to be jointly designated to care for patients experiencing life-threatening trauma, a heart attack or stroke. It is also the county’s lone provider of oncology care accredited by the Commission on Cancer.
Words that best describe you: Positive, enthusiastic, effective, goal-driven, empathetic, “not just smart and hard-working but with a great attitude,” spiritual seeker, hospitable and caring, according to others I asked.
What is a major accomplishment in the past year or so?: I’ve brought or helped bring these programs into the hospital:
No One Dies Alone volunteers sit at the bedside of dying patients who lack the companionship of family or friends when they are dying.
We Are the Mission helps frontline staff connect to their vocation and the history and legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.
Schwartz Center Rounds are listening tours that help and support health care providers to reconnect to their compassion and empathy.
Project Nightingale Phase II is a medical respite program for homeless patients in collaboration with Catholic Charities, Sonoma County public health, Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health.
What achievement are you most proud of in your career?: Changing careers to health care and going back to school — becoming a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator — after my two children were born. Then being invited into the mission integration work and earning the master’s degree in health care mission.