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