Living Our Mission 

In December of 2007 a series of devastating storms struck the Northwest, including several of the communities that Providence serves. In true Providence fashion, employees, volunteers and physicians rose to the occasion.  We pulled together as a System and redirected resources as needed to ensure each of our ministries was able to continue to care for their community and each other. 

In their own words, these are their stories.



Vernonia: Fighting the flood
Providence Medical Group Vernonia

"I could see the water was at the door of my clinic and my heart just sank."
Phyllis Gilmore, MD


Providence Seaside: Braving the storm

"There was never any question... we would do it for anybody."
Jeanne Scott, RN


Providence Centralia: Helping Cathy

When the water reached the second floor of nurse Cathy Lawton's home, her Providence family came to help.


Mission in motion: Hood River to Vernonia

The Mobile Health Unit from Providence Hood River responds to the need in Vernonia with medicines, care and TLC. 


Providence Centralia: Dealing with a disaster

"I have never been more proud of anybody that I've worked with."
John Viglo, assistant administrator


Providence Seaside: The Ham Heroes

Cut off by road and without cell towers or satellite phones, employees in Seaside and Portland find a way to keep communications open.


Providence Centralia: A safe haven

"We were a place where people came whether they needed health care or not. These people came knowing Providence would provide."
Cindy Mayo, administrator


Mission in motion: Silvia's story

The Mobile Health Unit leaves Hood River for the first time and Vernonia resident's are glad they did.
Silvia Ochoa, medical assistant


Providence Seaside: "The Rescuer"

Providence employees did not wait for patients to come to them... visiting the temporary shelter at the Community Center and rescuing an elderly home bound couple.Stacy Doty, occupational therapy assistant


Providence Centralia: Helping each other

Staff, physicians and community volunteers came to the aide of those hardest hit.  "It wasn't good... but people were worse off than I was."
Glenna Robb, data integrity specialist