Our Stories

These stories tell how we are working together to meet community needs and keep people healthy.

> Health care career education
> Behavioral health services
> Cancer education and navigation
> Community health education

Health care career education

Providence ensures access is available to needed health care services by providing opportunities to educate and train health care workers.

In 2013, Providence St. Peter Hospital provided $3.25 million in training support of 19 family medicine physicians, other medical education programs and research. Five residents graduated from the Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program, and four of them chose to practice in Southwest Washington. The physicians in the program help support the Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Clinic. Of the 7,300 active patients the clinic serves, 42 percent are insured through Medicaid and another 16 percent receive Medicare, neither of which reimburse for the full cost of care. Many other patients do not have any insurance at all. In 2013, the Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Clinic provided 25,900 office visits.

St. Peter Hospital’s Youth Council has offered internships to more than 1,600 high school students in the area. Providence also spent more than $1.7 million providing student internships in 2013. In areas throughout the health care continuum, including the nursing, rehab therapies and diagnostic imaging, a total of nearly 40,000 hours were spent working with interns to educate and prepare them for careers.

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Behavioral health services

Last year, Providence provided more than $875,000 to support the Providence St. Peter Hospital Sexual Assault Clinic & Child Maltreatment Center; part of the Monarch Children’s Justice & Advocacy Center. The specially-trained staff at this clinic is on call 24 hours a day to provide resources, intervention and medical assessments for victims of sexual and physical abuse.

Based in Lacey, the Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center offers a complete continuum of care to diagnose, treat, and provide ongoing recovery support. In 2013, Chemical Dependency received nearly $1.8 million in support from Providence to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Last year, the department had more than 1,394 substance abuse inpatients (of these, 1,163 were adults and 231 were adolescents) and 11,556 outpatient visits.

Providence provided more than $1.23 million in psychiatric services for nearly 5,700 uninsured patient visits in 2013, including inpatient and outpatient services. Services provided include an 18-bed voluntary acute care unit and Partial Hospitalization Program; social workers and professional counselors who provided crisis intervention for more than 4,500 patients; counseling and support in the Emergency Center; psychiatric nurses who provide home mental health services; specialized services for those 55 and older in our Older Adult Mental Health Program; and psychiatrists and ARNPs who offer treatment in our psychiatric medical clinic.

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Cancer education and navigation

Breast and lung cancer nurse navigators meet individually with hundreds of patients and family members each year affected by the disease. This individual service helps guide patients through the medical maze, including help in understanding diagnosis and treatment options.

Through our Cancer 101 and survivorship classes, Providence helps ease the way of more than 300 people with cancer each year.  Investment in these free services totaling nearly $200,000.

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Community health education

Providence coordinates the largest health education event in Lewis County, the Wellness Roundup. In 2013, about 2,000 people attended the event, taking advantage of free cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure checks. Providers from Providence Medical Group team with the Breast and Cervical Health Program to offer free clinical breast exams and mammograms.

Other Providence-sponsored events included women’s and men’s health events; our annual heart health education event; and health-education seminars on topics such as diabetes, stroke awareness, brain tumors and joint pain.

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