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Whether rich or poor, young or old, Dignity Health serves all

PHOENIX — One child may have changed the course of medical history.

When the Sisters of Mercy first came to California in 1857, their mission was to provide education. But when they found a small child dying in the streets, they shifted their focus to providing not just education, but medical care, especially to the less fortunate.

“We’re about improving the health of this community and advocating for the poor, the disenfranchised and those who need our services,” said Linda Hunt, senior vice president of operations, president and CEO of Dignity Health in Arizona. “We take that very seriously.”

Dignity Health works with 91 partners to improve the situation of the homeless, of children and young mothers all across the West.

“We have lots of programs that we work with others in the community and things that we do,” Hunt said.

One such program?

The MOMobile, a mobile obstetrical clinic that parks in church, grocery store and department store parking lots five days a week to provide care for new moms, moms-to-be and newborns.