Providence Hood River - A healthy part of your community

At Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital we care for our community. We strive to give those we serve exceptional, compassionate health care that provides peace of mind. At Providence, it’s not just health care, it’s how we care™

We continue to look for ways to keep health services available locally so patients don’t have to travel. We actively participate in community programs such as the Gorge Access Program and the Hood River/Wasco County Coordinated Care Organization.

As one of the largest employers in Hood River, we employ more than 500 of your neighbors and friends. We have local leadership that live and work in our community. Our foundation raises money for local community programs including the Gorge Dental Access Coalition, Volunteers in Action, breast cancer voucher screenings and Swindells Resource Center.

Providence Health & Services in Oregon is a not-for-profit network of hospitals, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, and affiliated health services. As part of the greater Providence Health & Services, we continue a tradition of caring that the Sisters of Providence began more than 150 years ago.

Supporting our Communities
Caring for the communities we serve lies at the heart of who we are. Learn about our Providence Cares campaign and see how Providence is much more than just health care.

Providence provided more than $215 million in community benefits during 2011, including $82 million in free or reduced-cost care to our patients in need.

Our History
Providence Health & Services traces its beginnings to 1843, when a religious community of Catholic women was founded in Montreal, Quebec. Soon to be called the Sisters of Providence, this community grew from the work of a young widow, Emilie Gamelin, who dedicated her resources and ultimately her life to service for others.

In 1856, Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart and four other Sisters of Providence arrived in Vancouver, Washington Territory. Within months of their arrival, the pioneer sisters began caring for elderly men and women, orphaned children and the sick in what was called the "Providence Enclosure." By 1858 they opened St. Joseph Hospital, the first hospital in the Northwest. The Sisters of Providence incorporated their acts of charity in 1859, and word of their good works quickly spread across Washington Territory.

Today the legacy of those first pioneer sisters lives on in the dedication and commitment of all who have joined in the Providence Mission of service.