Providence Health Centers FAQs

Q:  Why a health center?

A:  Providence Health Centers are designed to make it easier, quicker and more convenient to obtain your medical services.  Many procedures that were once available only at hospitals can be performed on a same-day basis at locations outside the hospital setting.  Most tests and simple procedures can be performed on site, avoiding the need to travel to a hospital to receive care.

Q:   How is this different from a hospital or clinic?

A:  Providence Health Centers do not have hospital beds for overnight stays but will include an array of services that you cannot always find in one place.  A center might provide primary care; immediate care; laboratory services; diagnostic imaging; dermatology, and rehabilitation therapy services to name a few. 

Q:  Do I need Providence insurance?   

A:  No. Your insurance may influence which providers you see at the Providence Health Center but the center is not exclusively for those insured by Providence Health Plans.

Q:   How do I go about using the center?

A:  Call 503-216-0696 for Bridgeport or 503-216-9390 for Tanasbourne if you want to schedule an appointment with a physician.  You can also ask your current doctor to refer you to the health center facility that is most convenient for you when additional services are needed. 

Q:  Can I use the health center for emergency and immediate care situations?

A For emergencies, if you experience a life-threatening injury or illness at any time, call 9-1-1 immediately or visit the nearest hospital emergency room.

Both Providence Tanasbourne Health Center and Providence Bridgeport Health Center offer Immediate Care facilities.  Our immediate care clinics provide treatment for minor illnesses and/or injuries that do not require hospitalization but need direct attention, such as cuts, sprains, minor trauma, upper respiratory infections, stomachaches, headaches, dizziness, colds or muscle pain. Walk-in appointments are available. 

Q:  How can I find out more?

A Visit us on the web at or call 503-216-0696 for Bridgeport and 503-216-9390 for Tanasbourne.