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Dignity Health - St. Bernardine

Public Headquartered in San Bernardino, CA

In 1928, San Bernardino was a rapidly expanding community, with little access to quality medical facilities. It was then that Dr. Philip Savage, a well-respected and highly-credentialed local surgeon, approached Father Patrick Dunn, pastor of St. Bernardine Catholic Church, with his dream for a first-class hospital. He had personally experienced the level of care and compassion provided by the Franciscan Sisters who operated the Catholic St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. That level of care - for body, mind and spirit - was Dr. Savage's vision for San Bernardino.

With the support of Father Dunn, Dr. Savage approached Mother Mary Placidus, Superior General of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston, Texas with a dream: to build a hospital that would care for a community in need.

On October 10, 1931, California Governor James J. Rolph laid the cornerstone of the new hospital and convent. It was named to honor Bernardino Albizeschi, an Italian who exhibited exceptional courage and compassion during the plague of 1400 which killed thousands and later earned him the title "Saint Bernardine."


People worth knowing. Values worth sharing. Why consider a career at Dignity Health? Perhaps because here, you'll find extraordinary people who believe that values like dignity, justice, and stewardship are key to high quality, compassionate care. You'll find teams in Nursing, Home Health and Hospice, Pharmacy and Imaging -- among other fields -- that never stop learning, believe collaboration leads to excellence, and advocate for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. These are people you'll want to get to know better-upholding values you'll want to share. Together, our people have built up the leading not-for-profit healthcare system in the Western United States. To continue our mission, we're looking for others committed to sharing the values that have made Dignity Health a touchstone for excellence.


Our mission sets a clear focus for our work. Our values define how we carry out the mission. Our vision demands that we consistently and effectively live up to both.

Our Mission

Dignity Health and our Sponsoring Congregations are committed to furthering the healing ministry of Jesus. We dedicate our resources to:

  • Delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services;

  • Serving and advocating for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised; and

  • Partnering with others in the community to improve the quality of life.

Our Vision

A growing and diversified health care ministry distinguished by excellent quality and committed to expanding access to those in need.

Our Values

Dignity Health is committed to providing high-quality, affordable health care to the communities we serve. Above all else we value:

  • Dignity - Respecting the inherent value and worth of each person.

  • Collaboration - Working together with people who support common values and vision to achieve shared goals.

  • Justice - Advocating for social change and acting in ways that promote respect for all persons and demonstrate compassion for our sisters and brothers who are powerless.

  • Stewardship - Cultivating the resources entrusted to us to promote healing and wholeness.

  • Excellence - Exceeding expectations through teamwork and innovation.