Creating Healthier Communities, Together
In the face of rapidly changing health care, one thing that remains unchanged
is our commitment to our Mission to care for everyone. When the Sisters of
Providence began our tradition of caring in Spokane 128 years ago, their
ministry greatly depended on partnering with those in the community who shared
their commitment to care for others. This same pioneering spirit continues today
as our calling and our promise.
Working together with our community partners, we conduct a
community health needs assessment to identify where the greatest unmet needs
are among people in our communities. We then partner with agencies, providers
and other experts in the community to address these needs. In Spokane County,
collaboration with the Spokane Regional Health District, Empire Health
Foundation and more than 70 community participants identified the areas of
greatest need in which Providence is focusing its resources and expertise:
- Care coordination and access to services;
- Mental health and substance abuse;
- Obesity and diabetes.
In Stevens County, we partnered with the Northeast Tri County Health
District, Empire Health Foundation and Eastern Washington University to complete
a needs assessment and identify those areas in which Providence can make a
- Poverty, hunger, and difficult life circumstances;
- Family mental health and chemical dependency;
- Promoting healthy behaviors.
Providence focuses its community benefit contributions and efforts on these
priorities, working with our partners to best utilize resources, improve
communication and seek measurable changes that address these unmet needs in our
In our stories, you will see examples of how
we are working to meet these needs and keep people healthy. It is our privilege
to care for this community together.
Elaine Couture, Chief Executive
Providence Health Care
Gary Livingston, PhD, Chairman
Providence Health Care Board of Directors