Community Benefit Highlights

Creating healthier communities, together

Since our earliest days in the Pacific,Northwest, Providence Health & Services has been blessed. Our services, facilities, staff and resources have grown and multiplied. We now serve more than 1 million people throughout Oregon and southwest Washington.

We have a responsibility to care for people who come to us for services and also to seek out the unmet needs of people who lack basic essentials every day.

As a not-for-profit health care system, Providence reinvests its income into the communities we serve. We partner with local organizations to help improve health and quality of life for the poor, marginalized and vulnerable.

To ensure that we use our resources responsibly – where they can help those most in need – we attempt to match our giving to areas of greatest need, as identified in our Oregon Community Health Needs Assessment. These examples show how we gave to areas of greatest need in 2013:

Access to mental health and substance abuse services

With some of the highest rates of youth suicide, depression, substance abuse and gang involvement in the state, Jackson County and its network of nonprofit organizations knew there was no time to lose in supporting this vulnerable population. Thanks to a grant from Providence Health Plan, southern Oregon’s new Life Track program is helping these young people start new, healthier lives.

Access to primary medical care

The new Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center couldn’t come at a better time for an estimated 18,000 low-income and uninsured residents of Yamhill County. When the Newberg Clinic opens in March 2014, it will become a medical home for those who need primary care and other health services. It’s the growing fulfillment of a dream for the Virginia Garcia center and community partners, such as Providence Newberg Medical Center.

Access to preventive care

It’s virtually impossible to stand still in a Zumba® class. The popular Latin-based exercise class features a dizzying combo of merenge, salsa, mambo and other energetic dance moves. But who knew it also could help a group of Hood River women learn to eat healthier, manage their diabetes, enjoy physical fitness … and build a community of social support?

Access to essential health services

For Danilo Gonzales, the partnership between Project Access NOW and Providence gave him the surgery he needed to live a pain-free life again, even though he had no means to pay for his care. The surgery to reduce complications from an old bullet wound helped to relieve his pain … and fill his heart with gratitude.