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Latest stories from Southeast Washington

Bridging the gap and saving a life

With no health insurance and no financial resources, 58 year-old Angelina Bezu had not had a mammogram in years. She understood the importance, though, as her sister had died of breast cancer. While at a community health fair organized by Providence St. Mary Medical Center and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, she quickly applied for a free mammogram ....
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A shot in the arm for Walla Walla County

At the start of every flu season, hundreds of people converge on Providence St. Mary Medical Center to lean their arm out the window for a quick vaccination without ever leaving their cars. The free community drive-through flu shot clinic attracted 550 people in 2015, most of whom can’t afford the vaccination on their own ....
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Helping young athletes play safe

Low-priced sports physicals were the main attraction for more than 150 student athletes who attended Providence and Walla Walla Public Schools’ first sports physical event. Just as important was making sure these young athletes learned how to avoid injuries. The required pre-participation sports physicals included safety instruction by Providence physical therapists and physicians ....
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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.