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Dental relief on wheels

For seven months, Steve has been seeking help for a toothache while living in pain. Left untreated, his daily life had become increasingly agonizing. But relief was in sight once he found the Mobile Dental Program at Providence …
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Equal opportunity for healing and health

We know that eating well, exercising and seeing a doctor when we are sick are all important to our health, but there are other basic needs that are even more important. Our health is also affected by whether we have access to education, housing, food, and even water …
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Stronger together: investing in safety net clinics

No one organization can improve community health alone, and partnering with like-minded organizations creates solutions that are stronger and more sustainable long-term …
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How we discover the needs of our communities

We collaborate with many partners to identify the greatest areas of need through community health needs assessments. Then our solutions are reflected in community health improvement plans. View all ››


About Providence Health & Services in Southeast Washington

The Sisters of Providence opened the first hospital in Walla Walla, Wash., in 1880 with seven patients. At the time, the Walla Walla Statesman newspaper noted that the Sisters had “hardly a dollar of their own to purchase the first brick.” Today, Providence St. Mary Medical Center is the fourth-largest employer in Walla Walla County, with more than 900 caregivers (all employees). We provide high-quality medical services to the people of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon. Providence Medical Group-Walla Walla is the largest medical group in the county, with more than 80 providers.