Our calling and our promise

For nearly 160 years, the people of Providence have dedicated themselves not only to providing quality and compassionate patient care, but to our Mission of compassionate outreach to the poor and vulnerable. So many of us were called to Providence because of this inspiring tradition of generosity to those in need.

It is humbling to be part of an organization that treasures the Mission and values of our founding Sisters of Providence and the Little Company of Mary Sisters and continuously envisions innovative ways to expand the good we do in our communities.

In 2016, Providence in Los Angeles provided more than $251 million in total community benefit. We were also honored to complete Community Health Needs Assessments for the communities we serve across the broad Los Angeles region. We have identified common health-related problems we seek to help remedy, often working with community partners who are experts in their fields. Among our top priorities are the homeless, those with limited access to health care, those suffering chronic illnesses such as diabetes and those living with mental illness.

The growing number of homeless people is one of the most heartbreaking and complex problems we face here in Southern California. In response, the Emergency Department at Providence Saint John’s Health Center provides advocates who assist homeless patients, linking them to resources when they are discharged.

In our Valley ministries – Providence Saint Joseph, Providence Holy Cross and Providence Tarzana medical centers – our Access to Care program provides social workers who help the uninsured and under-insured find physicians they can count on for the specialized and preventive medical care they need. In the South Bay, our Vasek Polak Health Clinic’s GOAL – Get Out and Live – program has seen great success in helping diabetic patients manage their illness and improve their health.

We invite you to learn more about how we are working to fulfill these needs and keep people healthy in our latest news. We could not reach so many people without the support of our Providence caregivers, our community partners and our supporters who work together to reveal God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable.


Erik G. Wexler
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive
Providence Health & Services, Southern California

Sister Colleen Settles, Interim Chief Mission Integration Officer - Providence Health & Services, Southern California

Sister Nancy Jurecki
Chief Mission Integration Officer
Providence Health & Services, Southern California