St. Joseph Health System – Why Work For Us?


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St. Joseph Healthis a ministry of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, who trace their roots back to 17th Century

France and the unique vision of a Jesuit priest named Jean-Pierre Medaille.

He sought to organize an order of religious women who, rather than remaining safely cloistered in a convent, would venture out into the community, seek out "the dear neighbors" and minister to their needs. The congregation managed to survive the turbulence of the French Revolution and eventually expanded, not only throughout France, but throughout the world.

In 1912, a small contingent of the Sisters of St. Joseph went to Eureka, California, at the invitation of the local bishop, to establish a school. A few years later, the great influenza epidemic of 1918 caused the sisters to temporarily abandon their education efforts to care for the sick in their homes. They realized immediately that the small community desperately needed a hospital. In 1920, the sisters opened 28-bed St. Joseph Hospital of Eureka, and their new health care ministry was born.

In 1920, the Sisters open the 28-bed St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, CA with 18 Sisters and one lay nurse.

History of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange history starts in Le Puy France in 1650. The people of France were suffering the after effects of a series of terrible wars and there were many widows, orphans, homeless and sick with no social structures to care for them. Pious women, many of them widows, were trying to help where they could.

Father Jean Pierre Medaille, a traveling Jesuit priest and missionary, was sent to preach in the parishes and was touched by the selfless efforts of these pious women. He launched an effort to organize the women into a religious congregation so they could continue their good works with the support only a formal, religious community could provide. Fr. Medaille named the community Sisters of Saint Joseph. He wrote a Constitution for the new group, the essence of which still guides their efforts. In 1651 the Sisters of St. Joseph became an official congregation in the Church.

The purpose of the congregation was to live and work to bring all people into union with God and with one another, serving their spiritual and corporal needs in all works of mercy within the power of the Sisters. And they went forth to “…divide the town(s) into various sectors, find out what disorders exist in each sector, and try to remedy them through your own efforts, if you can, or through persons who have some influence over those involved in these disorders.”

There was a great demand for lace in Europe in the 17th Century and the city of Le Puy was renowned for the exquisite lace produced there. Many of the Sisters were lace makers and were able to sell it to help with the expenses of their new community.

The social custom of the day required a woman to be accompanied by a man whenever she left her home. To get around this custom, the Sisters dressed as widows, who were allowed in public alone. The former nun’s habit traces its roots back to a widow’s dress and it helped the Sisters avoid undue attention as they went about their daily activities.

The community grew rapidly until the French Revolution when the State ordered the Sisters to take off their religious garb and go home. The Sisters disbanded and five even died on the guillotine. But the spirit or their community lived on.

When the Revolution ended, Bishop Fesch of Lyon asked the Sisters of Saint Joseph to once again serve his diocese. He asked his priests to seek out Mother Saint John Fontbonne, who had been a superior of the order before the fighting began. She was asked to begin the congregation again. When she told the Bishop she didn’t know where any of the original Sisters were he told Mother Saint John about a group of Sisters from another congregation who had stayed together during the war and had asked him for help in getting established again. Mother trained the new congregation to become Sisters of St. Joseph and they quickly re-established the community in Lyons.

Again, the Sisters of St. Joseph grew rapidly and their support was asked for in several areas. Countess de Rochejaqueline asked to send Sisters of Saint Joseph to the new world where they would teach and Christianize the Native Americans and the Bishop of St. Louis asked for Sisters to help him in his very large diocese. In 1836, six Sisters Sisters of St. Joseph departed by ship for St. Louis. Their trip was paid for by the Countess and they settled in the small town of Carondelet. That group eventually built a Motherhouse and then sent out two to three Sisters at a time to different parts of the country to begin new communities financially independent of St. Louis.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange were established in 1912 by Mother Bernard Gosselin. She and eight sisters left LaGrange, Illinois, near Chicago at the request of a priest who had been transferred from La Grange to the Sacramento Diocese. That priest wrote to the Superior of the St. Joseph order and asked if a group of Sisters would come to work with him in California. Under the leadership of Mother Bernard that initial group came to Eureka. They built a Motherhouse, many schools and their first hospital and the story of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange in America began.


The Mission, Vision, and Values of St. Joseph Health work in concert to shape our decisions and guide our actions. They form the heart of our health care ministry. Click here to read the St. Joseph Health Directional Statement.

Our Mission

To extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.

Our Vision

We bring people together to provide compassionate care, promote health improvement and create healthy communities

Our Values

The St. Joseph Health is comprised of four core values:

We respect each person as an inherently valuable member of the human community and as a unique expression of life.

We bring people together who recognize that every interaction is a unique opportunity to serve one another, the community, and society.

We foster personal and professional development, accountability, innovation, teamwork, and commitment to quality.

We advocate for systems and structures that are attuned to the needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged and that promote a sense of community among all persons.

These are the guiding principles for all we do, shaping our interactions with those whom we are privileged to serve.

Valiant Women Spring

The Valiant Women, a bronze relief sculpture located in the gardens of the Motherhouse in Orange, CA. 
Photo by TJ Annoreno


Why Work with SJH?

St. Joseph Health has a tradition of values-based care and a mission to provide the best quality care to those who need us in the diverse communities we serve.

Our integrated health system includes:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospice agencies
  • Outpatient centers
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Community clinics
  • Physician organizations

Careers in Healthcare... and much more

While opportunities in the healthcare industry have grown steadily for decades, SJH regularly offers opportunities in non-clinical disciplines including accounting and finance, marketing and business, information technology, human resources, facilities and engineering, security, etc.

Individuals with applicable non-healthcare experience are always strongly encouraged to apply.

Microsoft Amalga & HealthVault
SJH is one of only a few healthcare organizations partnering directly with Microsoft Amalga andHealth Vault. These applications connect ownership and accessibility of electronic health records (EHR) between patients and healthcare providers.

Our Employees are Some of Most Engaged World-Wide

We encourage and reward open communication and collaboration among staff, physicians and community agencies. That employment involvement has led SJH to be named a Gallup Great Workplace winner for three years in a row.

SJH employees are regularly provided opportunities to participate in quality and service improvement activities.

Those activities include:

  • Improvement teams
  • Financial reporting
  • Department meetings that foster maximum involvement
  • Strategic planning that takes into account relationships, process and results.

We offer all SJH employees regular opportunities to participate in both local and system-wide efforts to provide the highest quality patient and customer care.

Nursing at SJH

The St. Joseph Health and our ministries (locations) offer exciting nursing career opportunities every day. Career advancement, professional education and peer mentoring opportunities are continually available. We offer competitive salaries with exceptional benefits -- and in some cases, we offer sign-on bonuses for qualified nursing applicants who fill certain positions. If you share our passion and commitment to caring for others, we hope you will consider joining us.



As a health care professional, my patient comes first. Can you describe how you create an environment that ensures employees have the necessary resources to provide outstanding patient care?
St. Joseph Health has a tradition of values-based care and a mission to provide the best quality patient care to those in the communities we serve. With that as a foundation, we rely on open communication and collaboration on the part of all employees to personally take accountability to translate that tradition into the highest quality patient and customer care. Some of the available avenues for these activities are process improvement teams, financial reporting, department meetings that foster maximum involvement, and strategic planning that takes into account relationships, process and results.

Describe how the new hire orientation program works. Can it be customized to my particular needs and schedule?

Every new employee participates in a comprehensive orientation to ensure familiarity to the hospital culture, programs and policies. This enables full engagement of our new team members and facilitates a higher level of understanding with the campus and the SJH organization. Our goal is to work with new hires individually to structure an orientation program that best fits with particular circumstance and needs.

What are the various ways the hospital ensures employee communication?

We are proud to say that we have multiple avenues for two-way communication at each of our facilities. Among them are: intranet access, daily newsletters, employee forums, committee involvement, annual employee opinion survey and follow-up, and ongoing collaborative conversations among and with staff and management. Our value of dignity calls for open communication and timely feedback and these mechanisms help facilitate that commitment.

How do I receive regular feedback regarding my progress and performance?

The SJH value of Excellence is defined as fostering accountability and commitment to quality. To that goal, employees participate in collaborative formal and informal conversations about performance in order to celebrate contribution and coach for enhanced levels of performance. This culminates in an annual formal assessment of performance that focuses equally on "what" you do and "how" you do it -- the values-based behaviors demonstrated on the job.

If I work for one St. Joseph Health location (ministry), do I have the ability to transfer to other locations in the future?

Yes, you do. We have a proud history of providing continued opportunities for staff at our other locations throughout California and in West Texas. You are encouraged to pursue these career options as they may come available.

Can you describe some of the ways employees can become involved in community activities?

All of our facilities are committed to reaching out into the community to make a difference every day. Some examples of this involvement are formal fund-raising programs, volunteer sharing opportunities, Adopt-A-Family programs, etc.

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    The employees are very pleassant and kind. Being a catholic organization, everyone uses a reflection prior to a meeting which is really a great way to calm oneself down and be able to focus squarely on the task at hand.


    Being in healthcare, the biggest con are the changing legislative mandates which continually put pressure on the orgnaizations workforce to stay up to date on new/old/upddated mandates. This creates stress which in turn can lead to burnout but the organization does a good job of placing avenues for relief for the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to retain and promote talented employees. The future of the organization lies in the young personnel that you have and by keeping the employees around to learn from the tenured staff, it will allow for this great culture to continue on!

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    Submitted my resume online via their Taleo website. HR Recruiter from California called me and did a phone screen. Scheduled interview with Service Desk Supervisor. Place is hard to find, it's on the second floor of the data center. Sat in the call center while they were ready for me and the interview started. They asked a lot of team oriented questions including technical questions. The trainer did a mock phone call with me which was something different.

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St. Joseph Health System Awards & Accolades

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Great Workplace Award , Gallup, 2009
Best Places to Work in Kentucky (Large) , Best Companies Group, 2009
Great Workplace Award , Gallup, 2008
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Additional Info

Headquarters Irvine, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1981
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Health Care
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year

St. Joseph Health System has earned a medal for decades by caring for patients on the West Coast and, more recently, the South Plains. The health care network operates 14 acute care hospitals, three home health agencies, a half-dozen urgent care centers, and other health care delivery organizations throughout California and in eastern New Mexico and West Texas. In its primary ... More

Mission: To extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.

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    Sign On Bonuses for OR Nurses! St. Joseph Health is offering a SIGNING BONUS for newly hired Surgical Services Registered Nurses at Santa Rosa Memorial hospital in beautiful wine country surrounded by redwoods 55 miles north of San Francisco. Relocation assistance considered for qualified candidates. Please apply on our web site at:

    Staff Nurse - Surgical Services (SIGN ON/RELOCATION BONUS)

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