Our calling and our promise
The health of a community can be measured by the willingness of its members to reach out in support of those in need. As members of Providence Health & Services, and as residents of Eastern Washington – from Colville and Chewelah to Spokane and the surrounding area – it is both our Mission and privilege to help build healthy communities.
Our commitment to the health and well-being of everyone we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable, is grounded in our heritage. When the Sisters of Providence arrived in Eastern Washington more than 130 years ago they partnered with members of the community to provide healing and comfort to thousands of individuals, promote human dignity, and improve the communities they served.
The spirit and determination of the Sisters continues today. Providence knows that the availability of high-quality health care, education and support – from the beginning of life to the end – is vital to the character of our communities. That is why we work diligently to develop and sustain services and programs that address every phase of life, and collaborate with community partners to address the greatest needs in our communities.
We call this community benefit. It includes subsidizing essential health services that operate at a loss, investing in graduate medical education and research, covering unpaid costs of Medicaid and other government programs, and providing financial support to community partners who share our Mission and provide vital services.
In 2016, we devoted $125 million in community benefit to make sustainable improvements in the health of our communities throughout Spokane and Stevens counties. I invite you to learn more about this work, and read stories about important partnerships that are making a difference, one person at a time.
This is our Mission. It is our privilege to work together to build healthy communities!