Community Benefit Highlights

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Stories from our neighborhoods

Much will be expected of those entrusted with much.
– Luke 12:48 

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 Health & Services reinvests its income into the communities we serve. We partner with local organizations to help improve health and quality of life for those who are 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. 

We invite you to review how we’re working with our community partners to ease some of these greatest needs: 

Access to mental health care 

Through a unique partnership, George Fox University and Providence Newberg Medical Center are making mental health counseling, therapy and consultations available to low-income and uninsured Yamhill County residents. 

Access to primary medical care 

When people don’t have a family physician, they often turn to emergency departments for care when they have pain, chronic illnesses or non-life-threatening injuries. Providence is working with organizations throughout Oregon to redirect people from expensive emergency departments to more appropriate and more affordable clinics where they can get preventive and primary care. 

Access to dental care 

Medical Teams International is known for providing health care services to impoverished people around the world. In Oregon, the organization is partnering with Providence to bring free or low-cost dental care to adults and children who can’t pay for treatment. The mobile dental van brought dentistry to people at two Providence hospitals last year, and we’re adding a new site in 2013. 

Access to basic needs: food 

When Providence Milwaukie Hospital opted to turn an unused plot of ground into community gardens, they had no idea how enthusiastically their staff would care for the gardens or how many pounds of fresh vegetables would soon be filling plates of families in need in Clackamas County. 

Access to basic needs: transportation 

With one easy phone call, homebound seniors in south Clatsop County can get a car ride to a medical or dental appointment, to the pharmacy or even to the grocery store. In 2012, Providence volunteers drove seniors more than 16,300 miles.