Our Stories

Sharing  Sharing the fruits of their labor
For people struggling to make ends meet, fresh fruits and vegetables are simply out of reach. Sparse food dollars must be spent – and stretched – on staples, such as milk, bread, beans, soup and pasta. Thanks to a labor of love planted in Providence Milwaukie Hospital's community garden, some low-income Clackamas County residents are receiving a bounty of goodness.
Creating Smiles Creating smiles one mile at a time
For some of the most vulnerable in our community, getting even routine dental care is beyond their means. They end up in the emergency room in severe pain and needing specialized care. But thanks to the roving Medical Teams International Dental Van, a retrofitted mobile home supported financially by Providence and other organizations, Oregonians of all ages are getting free, much-needed care for their teeth.  
Driving Away Driving away loneliness
Losing the ability or willingness to drive means a significant loss of independence for senior citizens. It requires depending on neighbors or friends to do the driving, and it complicates getting to and from doctor appointments and errands. As a result, many seniors end up staying home alone more … feeling cut off and isolated. Providence Seaside has found the key to helping area seniors get around town, stay connected with their community, and feel happier and healthier. 
Healthy Communities Neighbors taking care of neighbors: It truly takes a village
At first glance, the bustling and tight-knit little neighborhood of Multnomah Village in southwest Portland seems healthy and well cared for. The houses and yards aren't palatial, but they're nice and reflect a middle- to upper-middle class lifestyle. Peek below the surface, though, and there are pockets of working-class poor who struggle to pay for essentials, including basic health care. That's where Providence and the Southwest Community Health Center enter the scene.
cbrnewbergthumb Partnering for better mental health
Until a few years ago, Yamhill County residents experiencing a mental health crisis had few options other than the Emergency Department at Providence Newberg Medical Center. There they found medical experts who were compassionate … but who didn’t always have the time or specialized expertise to help. Today a unique partnership between Providence Newberg and doctoral psychology students at nearby George Fox University translates into better care for these patients.
cbredthumb Guiding emergency room patients toward better health
For those who don’t have regular access to health care, even minor health issues can mean a trip to the emergency room. Although patients’ immediate health needs can be met, emergency care doesn’t lend itself to the type of ongoing, consistent care that translates into better overall health. Providence saw there had to be a better way and, for the past two years, has provided patient guides to help patients navigate the emergency department and receive ongoing care.
cbrhoodriverthumb Health care partners fill the GAP in Columbia Gorge
For uninsured patients in the Columbia Gorge’s Hood River County, getting regular access to health care used to be a major struggle. Gorge providers were more than willing to provide free or low-cost medical services but needed help establishing a streamlined, effective system for caring for these vulnerable patients. A group of committed, passionate community partners got together, and the Gorge Access Program (GAP) was born in June 2012.