O’Connor leaders graduate from comprehensive, 18-month Leadership Formation program

Los Altos Hills, CA – Fourteen associates graduated from the Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) Leadership Formation program on January 20 at Seton Provincialate in Los Altos Hills. Graduates represented the three Northern California hospitals sponsored by the Daughters of Charity – Seton Medical Center, Daly City; O’Connor Hospital, San Jose; and Saint Louise Regional Hospital, Gilroy. The 18-month program develops leaders who are able to translate into action the heritage, Catholic identity, Mission and values passed down from the founders of the Daughters of Charity, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

“The program was created to form a community of leaders with a common understanding of the Vincentian charism and provide them with the tools for developing and expressing spirituality,” offers Sr. Carol Padilla, DC, vice president, Mission Integration for DCHS. “We also prepare leaders to mentor others as leaders in Catholic Vincentian health care.” Charism is considered a gift of grace bestowed by the Holy Spirit. Vincentian charism refers to the teachings of St. Vincent de Paul which are rooted in service and ministry to those living in poverty.

The Leadership Formation Program not only enlightens the participants, but enriches the entire organization as well. “Our associates who complete this course deepen their involvement with the Mission and values of DCHS,” says President and CEO Robert Issai. “Participants learn how to make ethical business decisions along with a basic understanding of ethical clinical decisions. These are critical skills to acquire in health care today.”

The graduates included DCHS associates from various departments such as financial reporting, family health, oncology and orthopedics, pharmacy, surgical services, as well as pastoral care. According to graduate Fr. Rory Murphy, Director, Spiritual Care Services at Seton Medical Center, the program enriched his commitment to the DCHS Mission. “This program gave me the opportunity to understand more deeply and embrace what makes DCHS distinctly different from other hospital or business cultures,” he offers. “We explored many things including our Vincentian spirituality and I found this to be extremely valuable to me in my work.”

Earlier in January, 18 associates from St. Vincent Medical Center, Los Angeles and St. Francis Medical Center, Lynwood graduated from a similar Leadership Formation Program. Both Southern California hospitals are also sponsored by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.