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Latest stories from Southwest Washington

Four-legged support for victims of trauma

Getting up on the witness stand in court can be a scary experience for anyone, especially a child who is facing his or her abuser. Thankfully Astro is there, wagging his tail, to calm kids in the courthouse as they tell the judge and jury about the terrible things that have happened to them ....
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Igniting healthy habits for kids

It’s startling to learn that thousands of school-age children in Washington state are not getting at least an hour of exercise five days a week. In fact, research shows that when American kids reach ages 10 and 11 their physical activity levels decline drastically. At Providence, we see this as a crucial time to intervene and help kids develop healthy habits ....
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Helping families during serious illness

What would happen if you became very sick and could not tell your doctor what kind of care you wanted? Sadly, this happens all too often. While 82 percent of Americans believe it’s important to put future medical care wishes in writing, only 23 percent have advance care planning documents in place ....
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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 Southwest Washington

Providence Health & Services in southwest Washington touches more lives in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties than any other health care provider. Our ministries include Providence St. Peter Hospital, a 390-bed regional teaching hospital in Olympia, and Providence Centralia Hospital, a 128-bed community hospital. Providence Medical Group operates 27 primary and specialty care clinics in 33 locations in the region, with more than 200 providers.