Creating Healthier Communities, Together

Providence St. Mary Medical Center and Providence Medical Group strive to meet the needs of our community in many ways. The most visible evidence of this commitment is the uncompensated care we provide to patients without the ability to pay, but this is just one facet of our efforts to be a driving force in community health.

Community benefit in Southeast Washington focuses on promoting healthier communities, with a particular emphasis on the poor, underserved and at-risk youth. Our programs and activities are guided by our community health needs assessment which identifies areas of greatest need in the communities we serve.

Many of these efforts are done in concert with other agencies, businesses and organizations. Among the most far-reaching was our involvement in a plan to improve mental health care in the community. Several years ago our Community Ministry Board identified access to timely mental health care as a significant need in our community, and asked that we address it.

In our stories, you will see examples of how we are working to meet these needs and keep people healthy. Working in concert with other agencies, we funded research to examine the current system and identify its gaps, then worked together to find solutions. That collaboration led to implementation of changes to mental health care that will unfold in Walla Walla County in the years to come.

Since 2008, we also have helped fund and served on the board of an organization running non-profit, school-based health clinics for at risk students in Walla Walla, Student Health Options. We were honored for this work with a Mission Leadership Award from Providence Health & Services in 2012.

Sincerely,
Steve Burdick, Chief Executive
Steve Burdick, Chief Executive
Providence Health & Services, Southeast Washington