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Chad Palmer has a brain for IT and a passion for philanthropy

As the Area IT Director of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Westgate, Dignity Health Medical Group and Dignity Health Cancer Institute, Chad Palmer is well known for his computer stealth and ability to resolve software crises that pop up when least expected.

He keeps the entire area’s systems humming quietly behind the scenes, supporting everyone’s IT needs, but very few people know that Chad’s just as generous supporting St. Joseph’s Foundation, giving thousands each year to support fundraising initiatives that benefit our hospital by donating his unused paid time off (PTO). 

Chad is a 27-year IT veteran who joined the Dignity Health team 15 years ago and was promoted to his current position in 2012. Married for 25 years with three kids (all of whom are studying at ASU), he swears he takes plenty of time off to kick back with his wife and family, but he was accumulating more PTO than he could use.  

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“When I found out that I could donate my PTO from the job I love, it was really eye-opening,” says the Arizona native who grew up in Glendale/Peoria area but now lives in Gilbert. “It supports the hospital … and I get the tax deduction benefits, too. How great is that? It’s a win-win for everybody!

“I can see firsthand the huge difference my donations are making in people’s lives,” he continues. “It’s amazing what we do here at St. Joseph’s!”

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