Our calling and our promise

Health care is changing, yet Providence’s enduring commitment to our communities remains constant. In these times of uncertainty, the importance of serving all, especially those most vulnerable, is as crucial as ever.

Since the Sisters of Providence brought health care to Alaska in 1902, we have continued their tradition to identify and fulfill the most urgent community needs. Today this is called community benefit. We give back by supporting efforts that improve the health of our communities. Much of this work is done in collaboration with community partners who share in our commitment to address the critical needs of Alaskans.

In many communities we serve, the most basic elements of good health – food and shelter – are not available for everyone. Our Mission calls us to contribute to a solution. In 2016, Providence served as convener, bringing together community partners to address homelessness in Anchorage. And in all the communities we serve, Providence continues to provide nourishment to those who need it most.

Without these basic needs met, people are more likely to experience poor health outcomes. Research indicates that those who struggle with homelessness are more likely to become ill than those with a safe place to call home. And without healthy food, the impact on children’s health and well-being can last a lifetime.

I invite you to learn more about our commitment to work with community partners and address these issues in our latest news.

We are humbled to continue the work of the Sisters of Providence who arrived in Nome 115 years ago. Their vision continues today thanks to our donors, caregivers, volunteers and others throughout the state who share in our Mission of compassionate service to all, especially the poor and vulnerable.