About the HealthEast symbol
The HealthEast symbol (an inter-twined cross) represents our original sponsors – the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Bethesda Lutheran Medical Center, Health Resources (the parent company of St. John's Hospital), and the Baptist Hospital Fund – and our core values.
The four lines also illustrate our four founding principles of:
- Life - Life is a gift to be valued highly
- Respect - Each person is unique and deserving of respect
- Compassion - Caring attends to physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of persons
- Community - We exist to serve our community
Some people see HealthEast’s symbol as a seamless commitment to a continuum of care rooted in excellence. Others view it as a beautiful piece of tapestry reflecting our employees and the families we serve, unique threads that are further woven by the next generation. What do you see?
"This is the way we care"
Click play to listen to “This is the way we care” a song inspired by HealthEast’s logo and history, composed and performed by Michael Pearce Donley.
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HealthEast is grounded in a faith-based, mission-driven philosophy that attracts health care professionals who are dedicated to answering the call for delivering a higher level of service. This symbol reminds us of the cooperation, compromise, communication and courage that were required to successfully integrate four organizations with distinct personalities. All, however, shared a common bond: the strong spirit of healing.
At St. Joseph’s doctors performed the first gallbladder removal in America, and they collaborated with the Sisters of St. Joseph to establish the first coronary care unit in Minnesota.
When a flu epidemic struck St. Paul in late 1918, St. John’s turned its facilities over to the city for treatment of the sick. Nurses from around St. Paul were brought in to help St. John’s staff. The hospital saw its patient census jump from 55 people to 138 in a mere 24 hours.
Decades ago, a visiting Swedish doctor proposed the first kidney dialysis unit in the Twin Cities at Bethesda Hospital. When compassionate nurses who treated terminally ill patients looked for support in starting a hospice at Bethesda in the early 1970s, they found doctor champions in two respected cancer surgeons.
An unstoppable spirit of healing and collaboration at HealthEast’s sponsor hospitals set the tone for today’s health care innovation. Learn more about HealthEast's history.
We take great pride in our commitment to provide culturally-responsive care to our patients and to workforce diversity, respecting individual beliefs, values and practices.
As a faith-based organization, spiritual care traditions run deep at HealthEast and continue to be important today. We respect each person’s spiritual beliefs and offer a holistic approach that cares for the whole person – body, mind and spirit.
The HealthEast symbol denotes how our four hospitals, along with our clinics and other operations, marry a legacy of caring to cutting edge technology, pioneering research and innovative procedures. Everything we do emphasizes a safe and supportive environment.
For all the days to come, HealthEast will look to delivering gold-standard performance in key areas including:
- Employee engagement
- Patient satisfaction
- Clinical outcomes
- Financial stewardship
As you look to the HealthEast symbol of collaboration, we hope you will see an organization that strives to be the benchmark for quality in Twin Cities' health care. We continue to honor our past while looking to the future and living our mission of providing high quality, compassionate, cost-effective health care for the communities we serve. We invite you to join us on our journey; it is one of importance and opportunity.