Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation Named CommonSpirit Health’s ‘Foundation of the Year’

Marian Foundation Team with Sue Andersen (Courtesy)

The Marian Foundation honored as the top performing fundraising foundation throughout all of CommonSpirit Health for fiscal year 2023

Marian Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that the Marian Foundation was recently honored with CommonSpirit Health’s Foundation of the Year Award. CommonSpirit Health’s coveted Foundation of the Year Award celebrates one fundraising foundation across CommonSpirit Health’s more than 80 fundraising entities. CommonSpirit Health is the parent company of Dignity Health.

The Foundation of the Year Award honor is bestowed to the top performing CommonSpirit Health foundation that excels across major gifts, grants and planned gifts. The awardee must demonstrate a well-balanced philanthropic program, keeping expenses under budget while investing in transformative programs and building strong teams dedicated to advancing the mission of the organization.

“The Foundation of the Year Award recognition is a tribute to the spirit of our gracious and giving community,” said Sue Andersen, President & CEO, Marian Regional Medical Center, after learning of the recent honor.  “I am incredibly proud of our foundation’s team members for their dedication and commitment to furthering our hospital’s healing mission.”

In fiscal year 2023, the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation increased fundraising revenue by 29% over the prior year, raising nearly $5.1 million.

“It’s a joy and true honor to fundraise for life-saving program and equipment needs at Marian,” shared Jessa Brooks, Vice President of Philanthropy, after the recent award announcement. “Although our foundation doesn’t raise the highest dollar amount throughout our national health care system, we exceeded our annual metrics, earning the Marian Foundation the title as the top performing fundraising entity. Ultimately, our organization is exceptionally grateful to our generous community whose support is invaluable in order to provide advanced medical care to local patients and families in need.”

For more information, please contact the Marian Foundation at (805)739-3595. 

About Marian Regional Medical Center – Marian Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art, 191-bed medical center located in Santa Maria, California. The modern facility is home to a broad array of services including a level II trauma center, a level II neonatal intensive care unit, a nationally recognized cardiac care center, and boasts the Central Coast’s only Comprehensive Community Cancer Program as recognized by the Commission on Cancer. Marian has also been recognized with an “A” grade in  quality and patient safety by the Leapfrog Group. Marian Regional Medical Center together with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, comprise Dignity Health Central Coast, a network of hospitals, physicians, and outpatient services including physician offices, ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers, and a full service home health agency. Learn more at

About CommonSpirit Health

CommonSpirit Health is a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 by Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. With its national office in Chicago and a team of over 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit operates 142 hospitals and nearly 2,200 care sites across 24 states. In FY 2023, CommonSpirit had revenues of $34.6 billion and provided $5 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at



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Dignity Health is a California-based not-for-profit public-benefit corporation that operated hospitals and ancillary care facilities in three states.

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