Chair's Message

Dear Friends,

Since 1955, Providence Benedictine Nursing Center has been a model of excellence, innovation and best practices, providing spiritual and emotional support in addition to physical care. The center has been a pioneer in caring for the frail and elderly in various 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. 

This past year donor support helped pay for a $1.5 million renovation. I wish to say a heartfelt “thank you” to those of you who donated to the renovation project. The building looks renewed and fresh. We couldn’t have done it without you! Please call and arrange for a tour so you can see what your gifts accomplished.  

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, we offer Mass six days a week. 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, and Catholic seminarians from Mt. Angel Seminary train with us on staff.

Our therapy garden, created with your donations and grants, has become a favorite gathering spot. This beautiful courtyard is filled with color, texture and fragrance. It is a lovely place where residents and their families can feel the sun on their faces and the wind in their hair. A grant from the Oregon Community Foundation Better Nursing Home Fund allowed us to hire a garden programmer for 10 weeks. She improved the look of the garden and provided some great gardening activities for residents. 

It is the Mission of Providence to provide help to all in need, regardless of their ability to pay. More than half our residents and patients are Medicaid eligible. 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 fluctuations in government funding continue to challenge us as we strive to maintain a quality of care that exceeds industry standards. 

Through the generosity of donors like you, 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. 

Tom Bauman, Chair
Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Foundation