Creating healthier communities, together
The Providence Mission reaches out beyond the walls of care settings to touch lives in the places where relief, comfort and care are needed. One important way we do this is through community benefit spending.
These investments not only support the health and well-being of our patients, but the whole community. Through programs and donations, Providence’s community benefit connects families with preventive care to keep them healthy, fills gaps in community services and provides opportunities that bring hope in difficult times.
When the Sisters of Providence began our tradition of caring nearly 160 years ago, their ministry greatly depended on partnering with others in the community who were committed to doing good. Today, we collaborate with social service and government agencies, charitable foundations, community organizations, universities and many other partners to identify the greatest needs and create solutions together.
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2014 community benefit spending $11,342,362
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$6,776,006 Unfunded portion of government-sponsored medical care: Difference between the cost of care and what is paid for by state and federal government – does not include Medicare.
$3,049,214 Free and discounted medical care for patients in need: Financial assistance for those who are uninsured, underinsured or otherwise unable to pay for their health care.
$302,883 Community health, grants and donations: Free services such as patient education, health screenings, immunizations and support groups, as well as donations to community partners.
$928,276 Education and research programs: Subsidies for medical residency programs, nursing and other education, and medical research.
$285,983 Subsidized services: Clinical and social services provided despite a financial loss because it meets an identified community need that is not met elsewhere in the community.
Data is consolidated for Providence and its affiliates based on financial reporting.
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 65 providers.