Historical community stories

Providence Medford Medical Center

Education Education and health care in one easy location
Education and health care in one easy location When low-income students in southern Oregon get the sniffles or other health complaints, they can see a nurse practitioner without leaving school. Providence Medford Medical Center helps bring preventive and primary care to schools where children don’t need appointments to get the care they need. 

Providence Milwaukie Hospital

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.
Emergency department 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.
Mammogram Free mammogram sets up win-win friendship
When Pam Lamb’s husband lost his job years ago, his family lost its health insurance. Two years later, Pam took advantage of free mammograms offered at Providence Milwaukie Hospital. Now her gratitude shines as she volunteers at hospital events. 

Providence Newberg Medical Center

Man and woman talking 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.
Carrie Brennan Darlene A health crisis, a burden lifted
Pain and unexplained spinal fractures came when Carrie Brennan had already lost her job, her health insurance and her home. A financial counselor at Providence Newberg Medical Center helped erase the unemployed mother’s worries about the cost of care so she could get needed cancer treatment. 

Providence Portland Medical Center

Compassion Meals Serving up compassion and meals
For the nutrition services team at Providence Portland Medical Center, providing healthy, fresh meals for hospital patients, visitors and employees is an everyday event. But a monthly program to cook 100 meals for the homeless provides more than just nourishment – it feeds the souls of everyone involved. 

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Tasneem Freddy Healing mind, body and spirit
Sacred places can be anywhere, and at Providence St. Vincent a small conference room has become a sacred place for Muslims. Hospital chaplains and local Muslim leaders created the prayer room. They’re also reducing cultural misunderstandings by hosting seminars for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.

Providence Seaside Hospital

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. 
Great nursing Great partners, great nursing care
The nursing program at Clatsop Community College on Oregon’s north coast prepares nurses to serve in local hospitals and clinics. When budget cuts threatened the program, Providence Seaside Hospital partnered with the college and helped stabilize the program. The result: Local students get careers in health care, and communities get well-qualified nurses.

Serving the broader community

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.  
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.
Girl at doctors office 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.
Antar Pinto Where language forms no barrier
After a lifetime of caring for her family, Herlinda Vega was blessed to have her family with her during the last days of her life. Providence Hospice of the Gorge offers cross-cultural care teams for Spanish-speaking patients and families.