Our calling and our promise
The Sisters of Providence brought health care to southwest Washington 130 years ago. Our Mission calls us to continue their compassionate and healing work. Today we reach far beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics to fulfill community needs, especially for those who are poor and vulnerable.
In 2016, the community benefit investments provided by Providence St. Peter Hospital, Providence Centralia Hospital and Providence Medical Group increased to $53 Million. Building on our commitment to care for those who are poor and vulnerable, our community benefit spending related to the unpaid costs of Medicaid was more than $37 million, including nearly $7 million in free and low-cost care.
Every three years, Providence completes an updated Community Health Needs Assessment to determine focus areas for community benefit investments. The 2016 investments include not only free and low-cost care for those in need, but continued action as a result of the CHNA. In collaboration with our community partners – including our Providence St. Peter and Providence Centralia Community Ministry and Foundation Boards, CHOICE Regional Health Network, and the Departments of Health in Thurston and Lewis counties – we continue to prioritize:
- Resources to improve the impact of end-of-life decisions
- Childhood wellness
In early 2017, we listened to the voices of our community through surveys and interviews to formulate an updated CHNA based on local health indicators. The final report will be available soon with recommended projects later this year. I invite you to learn more about how we are working to fulfill community needs and keep people healthy in our latest news.
It is a blessing to continue to carry out the Mission of the sisters here in southwest Washington in service to our community. Thank you to our amazing team of dedicated, talented and compassionate caregivers.