Creating healthier communities, together

Providence’s community benefit investments reach out beyond the walls of care settings to touch lives in the places where relief, comfort and care are needed. Through programs and donations, health education, free care, medical research and more, we give back to our communities.

Community benefit: Investments to support those in need

Providence’s community benefit investments not only support the health and well-being of each person we serve, but the whole community:
  • Shortfalls in Medicaid: The difference between the cost of care and what is paid for by state and federal government – does not include Medicare.
  • Free and low-cost care: Financial assistance for those who are uninsured, underinsured, or otherwise unable to pay for their health care.
  • Community health services: Free services such as patient education, health screenings, immunizations and support groups, as well as grants and donations to support community partners.
  • Education and research: Subsidies for medical residency programs, education for nursing and other health professions, and medical research.
  • Care and services operated at a loss: Clinical and social services provided despite a financial loss because they meet identified needs not met elsewhere in the community

How we discover the needs of our communities

For generations, Providence has partnered with people of goodwill to offer a caring hand of compassion. We collaborate with social service and government agencies, charitable foundations, community organizations, universities and many other partners to identify the greatest needs through community health needs assessments. Then our solutions are reflected in community health improvement plans. View a complete list of our community health needs assessments and community health improvement plans.

A pioneering spirit

Our Mission dates back 160 years when five courageous Sisters of Providence forged a path to the Pacific Northwest to serve those suffering from the hardships of a new frontier. In a region that would later produce nationally-known innovators including Amazon, Boeing and Microsoft, the sisters were original visionaries who invented resourceful ways to build the area’s first hospitals, schools and orphanages.

The same pioneering spirit of the sisters continues today as our calling. The sisters have always responded to changing times, and in the same way we continue to respond to the needs of communities that would otherwise remain unmet. Today, Providence is a diverse system serving the western U.S. Our 34 hospitals, 600 clinics and 82,000 caregivers are working together to improve health for everyone, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.