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 we serve.

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 as Medicaid.

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. These include:

  • Access to health care: providing charity care for the poor and vulnerable.
  • 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 events.

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
Medrice Coluccio, Chief Executive
Providence Health & Services, Southwest Washington