Creating Healthier Communities, Together
More than 126 years ago, the Sisters of Providence started their ministry in
Southwest Washington. This report gives a brief overview of how we continue this
commitment, providing charity care and needed community health services to all
In 2013, the cost of these services provided by Providence St. Peter
Hospital, Providence Centralia Hospital and Providence Medical Group totaled
more than $59.2 million, including $23.3 million for charity care. It also
includes $25 million to pay for the cost of underfunded government programs such
Together with our community partners – such as St. Peter and Centralia
Community Ministry and Foundation Boards, CHOICE Regional Health Network and the
Departments of Health in Thurston and Lewis counties – we perform a
community health needs assessment to identify the greatest unmet needs.
- Access to health care: providing charity care for the poor and
- Behavioral health services: subsidized services such as chemical
dependency treatment, psychiatric care and the sexual assault clinic.
- Primary care capacity: increasing health care educational opportunities,
including family medicine residency program.
- Cancer support: education and navigation services.
- Health education: organizing and participating in community health
In our stories, you will see examples of how
we are working to meet these needs and keep people healthy. It is a blessing to
continue to carry out the Mission of the Sisters here in Southwest Washington in
service to our community. Thank you to our amazing team of dedicated, talented
and compassionate caregivers.
Medrice Coluccio, Chief Executive
Providence Health & Services, Southwest Washington