Our calling and our promise
It is my great pleasure to share with you the important community investment efforts of Providence St. Mary Medical Center and Kadlec Regional Medical Center. In 2016, we saw the unification of our two organizations in Walla Walla and Tri-Cities, Wash., to serve the health needs of the greater Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon area.
Our newly-formed service area invested more than $66 million in community benefit in 2016. This includes the vital care provided inside the walls of our hospitals and clinics, as well as the service to our communities through financial support and the volunteer efforts of more than 4,500 caregivers throughout the region.
Community investment highlights at Providence St. Mary include the investment of $150,000 to help bring to life a shelter for homeless youth, giving a safe haven for teens who otherwise would be alone on the street. Also, the College Place High School track served as a venue for more than 200 community members that participated in our free community exercise program, Heart to Start. The 13-week course is designed to improve heart health for people of all ages. Of the total community benefit investment for the region, Providence St. Mary provided more than $15 million.
Our partner, Kadlec Regional Medical Center, also connects in meaningful ways through similar services and investments. Kadlec Academy annually teaches important health lessons to more than 1,200 elementary aged children, guiding them on the proper path to a healthy life. By partnering with agencies such as Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity, Kadlec finds innovate ways to help improve the social determinants of health for our most vulnerable population. Of the total community benefit investment for the region, Kadlec provided more than $50 million.
As we move through 2017, our regional team looks forward to seeking new ways to invest in the health of the communities in our region. I invite you to learn more about our commitment to fulfill community health needs and keep people healthy at Providence and Kadlec.