Creating Healthier Communities, Together
Providence has a tradition of caring for the most fragile members of our
community ever since the Sisters of Providence arrived in Washington in 1856 and
opened their home to a penniless 85-year-old man in need of shelter. From that
humble beginning, our ministries have steadily grown and continued providing
shelter, high quality and compassionate care to our most vulnerable neighbors,
regardless of one’s ability to pay.
In the face of rapidly changing health care, Providence Senior and Community
Services is constantly examining opportunities to better serve the whole
community. For instance, in 2014 we’re enhancing the role our skilled nursing
facilities play in helping restore patients’ health and well-being as they
transition back home after a hospital stay. By working closely with our hospital
partners and physicians, our nursing home care teams can help restore patients’
quality of life to what it was before their hospitalization.
We are also exploring opportunities to expand our Program of All-Inclusive
Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Washington to allow more older adults to live
safely and independently with the vital support of our comprehensive health care
and support services. These are just a few examples of how our services will
become increasingly important as we work to create healthier communities for all
those we serve.
In our stories, you will see some of the ways we
gave back in 2013. Last year Providence Senior and Community Services provided
$15.6 million in unfunded community health services and contributions to charity
care. Our Community Benefit is a core aspect of how we live out our Mission,
play an active role in the communities we serve and embrace those who need us
This is an exciting time to be in health care and shape the way we deliver
our services in the future. It’s also a privilege to work with you and our
trusted partners as we strive to carry out our Mission.
Robert Hellrigel, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive
Providence Senior and Community Services