Chair's Message

Dear friends,

Since 1955, Providence Benedictine Nursing Center has been a model of excellence, innovation and best practices that include spiritual and emotional support in addition to physical care. The center has been a pioneer in caring for the frail and elderly in a variety of settings, always emphasizing the importance of an environment in which their individuality and preferences are respected. I am honored to support this team of professionals.

Providence Benedictine Nursing Center continues to be a leader in long-term care because we constantly challenge ourselves to review and improve our services.

We know that spiritual care can be as important as medical care. In keeping with our Catholic Mission, Mass is offered six days a week. Our priest, Father Aelred Yockey, administers the sacraments to residents and blesses all of us with his songs and stories. We have both a Catholic and an ecumenical chaplain. Catholic seminarians from Mt. Angel Seminary train with us on staff. Thanks to a grant from the Lilly Foundation, last summer we were fortunate to have an intern serving with our spiritual care department.

Our therapy garden, created with your donations and grants, has become a favorite gathering spot for residents and their families. This beautiful courtyard is filled with color, texture and fragrance, and makes a lovely place to feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair.

Our assistant director of nursing, Polly Youngren, is hard at work on her fellowship with the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy. As one of only 14 nurses from across the nation selected for this honor, Polly is being groomed to become a leader and advocate for advances in the care of the elderly.

It is the Mission of Providence to provide help to all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay. More than half our residents and patients are Medicaid eligible, while some of our counterparts do not even take Medicaid recipients. Over the past decade, the need for our services has increased, but government reimbursement has continually decreased. The nature of the long-term care industry and the fluctuations in government funding continue to present challenges as we strive to maintain a quality of care that exceeds industry standards.

It is through the generosity of donors like you that Providence Benedictine Nursing Center continues to be a leader in caring for the elderly and physically fragile. Your gifts make the difference.

Thank you for your support.

Joy Smith, chair
Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Foundation