As president of the Providence Milwaukie Foundation, I want to thank you for the support you have given to our patients and families since the Dwyer family built this hospital back in 1968. I’m pleased to say that Providence Milwaukie Hospital continues to exhibit true community spirit, providing compassionate and excellent care to families in our extended community. Your contributions make it possible for Providence Milwaukie to continue the same outstanding service our community has come to expect.
On July 8, 2013, we opened the Joseph Bernard, Jr. Dental Clinic adjacent to the hospital. This clinic provides dental services for low-income, uninsured and underinsured members of our community who have not had access to dental care. Additionally, the clinic will serve more than 1,600 patients who visit the Providence Milwaukie emergency department every year for dental pain. The clinic is operated by Neighborhood Health Center, a federally qualified provider of medical, mental health, dental and other health services, and expects to serve more than 250 patients a month. Besides restoring teeth, the clinic will emphasize prevention and education in cooperation with Pacific University College of Dental Hygiene and OHSU School of Dentistry. I encourage you to take an opportunity to learn more about this important resource.
In recent years, this foundation has raised funds for new mammography services, including digital mammography for the radiology department. We’ve sponsored our third annual free breast screening clinic, and we’ve performed more than 50 free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. This good work was only possible because of donations from community members, physicians and employees.
As we continue our work, it’s reassuring to know that in these uncertain economic times, Providence Milwaukie Hospital remains committed to carrying forward the Mission that the Sisters of Providence established nearly 160 years ago. I offer my heartfelt thanks for your continued financial and prayerful support as we look toward the future.
Jeff Dulcich, president
Providence Milwaukie Foundation