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“I think you’ve been cured”

How a heart machine brought a miraculous recovery.

“Say I won’t, and I will!”

Her doctor calls Becky Roth his most courageous patient. Mike Donahue shows us her amazing journey back from oral cancer.

20-year anniversary for Providence cancer research

2013 marks two decades of Providence cancer research focused on immunotherapy – the body’s ability to heal itself. In 1993, Walter J. Urba, M.D., Ph.D. joined Providence to lead this effort.

A survivor's story

Doug Dallmann loves the outdoors. Now he loves to share a survivor's message: get screened for colorectal cancer. Mike Donahue shares Doug's story in our latest "How We Care" video.

A time to serve; a time to shine

The annual prom for the residents at Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children is a chance to dress up and dance. It’s also an opportunity for students at Central Catholic to serve and, as you’ll see in our How We Care video, see the results of that service.

Augmentative communication

Hi tech tools at the Providence Child Center are giving voices to children who can't communicate verbally. These tools, along with the dedicated staff at Providence Child Center, are giving parents a chance to know what their children are trying to say.

Bears, bunks, beads and big buddies

Providence staff volunteering at Camp Erin help grieving children cope with their losses.

Beating brain cancer

25-year old Christi Wulf's journey with brain cancer from the first symptoms, through treatment to remission.

Blessing bags

Staff on 4r of Providence Portland Medical Center buy and assemble bags of necessities for homeless patients. They receive the gift of socks, a comb, razor blades, soap, tissues, candy and other personal items when they check out.

Breast cancer outreach

Volunteers with the Providence breast cancer outreach program offer hope and insight to newly diagnosed women.

Bridge Pedal 2013

The sights and sounds of the Providence Bridge Pedal 2013.

Bridge Pedal takes a historic ride

Founder Rick Bauman and annual rider Dennis Erickson remember Bridge Pedals of the past.

Canines care at Providence

Patients say they are sensitive, caring - and they even have their own calendar. Mike Donahue introduces us to Providence's therapy dogs.

Capping off Christmas for the tiniest patients

Capping off Christmas for the tiniest patients Santa rolls through the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, with gifts - handmade by our great volunteers - for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center's tiniest patients.

Ceiling sweep rains money for fragile kids

Kells Irish restaurant and pub again gives and matches customer donations to the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children. 19 years total now tops 238 thousand dollars.

Child of War Promotes Atmosphere of Peace at PPMC

A child during the Korean War, Providence housekeeper Yae Sook Rumler paints seascapes that are on display at PPMC. Patients, family members and employees say the oil paintings reduce stress. Research says art can promote healing.

Compassionate care for children

It's designed to make the days of acutely ill kids a little brighter. Mike Donahue takes us on a tour of the new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

Emergency services leader takes action in the air

Bonnie Forsh, regional director of emergency services, was expecting a routine flight – until another passenger had a seizure. In our How We Care video, you'll see why she says, "Once a nurse, always a nurse!"

Facebook post helps saves woman's life

The daughter of stroke victim Kim Vu informs her Facebook friends that her mother has suffered a stroke. One of those friends is the wife of Providence neurosurgeon Vivek Deshmukh. Alerted, he and the elite stroke team at PSVMC remove the clot in Kim's basilar artery. A month later, she describes herself, "Almost 100%."

Fatal Heart Attack Inspires Cardiologist to Coach

Providence Cardiologist James Beckerman promised his future father-in-law, who was dying of a heart attack, that he would dedicate his career to preventing heart disease.

First mothers milk banks opens in Northwest Portland

Providence had been leading the way in breast milk donation for years, opening the first donation depot in Oregon in 2009. Now, we are home to the first breast milk bank in the state, making distributions from Providence Sunset Medical Plaza. Our How We Care story shows how these very personal gifts can make a lifesaving difference for some of our tiniest patients.

Free dental care for the uninsured

Medical Teams International, with support from Providence Health & Services and its foundations, provides dental services to low-income adults and children. The effort is made possible by volunteer dental professionals who work in converted motor homes.

From couch to finish line in less than three months

They’re getting up and getting moving toward their fitness goal. Mike Donahue talks with people who are taking part in the Heart to Start 5K Challenge with James Beckerman, M.D.

Happy Birthday My Little Waiting Room

Co-founders Amy Paterson and Melissa Moore attended the birthday party at PSVMC. Recent donations came from Daisy Girl Scout Troop #40455 and Portland Fire & Rescue Toy & Joy Makers Inc. Praise for MLWR comes daily from families grateful for the convenient drop-in child care at the hospital.

Healing waters

Parents and children using the new therapy pool at Providence Child Center are experiencing freedom from barriers. Lowered by a crane through the spa roof, the pool is giving a lift to limbs, turning clenched fists into open hands.

Healthy team wins championship

Portland Thorns credit Providence Sports Care Center for helping win Women's Soccer League championship.

Heart Breaker 5K

Their goal: go from the couch to the finish line in less than three months. Their destination: the Providence Heart Breaker 5k run. Now - see how they did on the big day.

Heart to Start: It's more than a race

Providence’s Heart to Start program not only gets people ready for the Heart Breaker Half (5K/10K/half marathon) - it also helps them make healthier choices. From fitness plans to group training, Providence supplies the support and expertise that helps runners and walkers achieve their goals, improve their fitness and take on life's challenges.

Hope for ALS patients

Kimberly Goslin, M.D., PhD, describes the discoveries encouraging researchers in the fight against ALS.

How “Transitions” helps breast cancer patients feel WHOLE again

"Transitions" at PSVMC offers counseling and products to aid women on their journey through treatment. A social worker and a nurse navigator act as coaches and guides. Donated wigs help patients look and feel better.

How We Care: A medical home for the uninsured

A Providence-sponsored clinic in one of southwest Portland’s oldest neighborhoods provides ongoing care to a diverse population. A small staff and 170 volunteers serve single parents, refugees and the working poor.

How We Care: Growing fresh produce for the needy

Just adjacent to Providence Milwaukie Hospital is a small plot of land. Until now it just sat there. But the people of Providence have transformed it into a highly productive garden that grows fresh fruits and vegetables for those in need.

How We Care: NICU reunion

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center held a remarkable celebration recently: a reunion of families whose preemies spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit. When you watch our How We Care story on the event, you’ll see why a deep connection forms between caregivers and families for the rest of their lives.

How We Care: Streaks raise stroke awareness

When stroke strikes, it’s important to know the FAST approach. Mike Donahue introduces us to some people who made that point with style in our latest “How We Care” story.

Learning new, safe ways to swallow

For a variety of reasons, patients of all ages can lose their ability to swallow. If food travels into the lungs, it can be life threatening. Providence caregivers give patients a real time look at their swallowing and suggest ways to do it safely.

Light the night

A lymphoma patients journey through treatment and a meaningful annual event.

Local farmers offer fresh produce to Providence Benedictine Center

Farmers near the Benedictine Center in Mt. Angel are delivering fresh blueberries, broccoli, strawberries, beets, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, and lettuce for residents.

Meet the Oregon couple married 77 years

Bill and Lola Hinkle, residents at Providence Orchard House in Mt. Angel, started off being best friends. On Feb. 10, they were recognized as Oregon's longest-wed couple by Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

Mike "Still Got It" Donahue

Providence How We Care Reporter Mike Donahue calms twin baby boys with his "Magic Keys" during a shoot at the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank.

Mountaintop medicine

It’s providing high-altitude health care for skiers, hikers and visitors every day. Here is a look at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital's clinic on Mt. Hood.

New look, more space for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Tower

A remodel of the 1969 Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Tower will serve the community for the next 50 years.

One answer to the nursing shortage

Providence Nurse Katharine Steward and University of Portland Senior Julia Pavlenko tell how the ProvScholar Program made their educations possible. Both were pursuing degrees other than nursing when dramatic events changed their goals.

Preventing sports injuries in young athletes

Dozens of local student athletes take advantage of a free Providence-sponsored sports injury prevention clinic held by caregivers. The focus is to reduce the risk of ACL injuries which runs higher in young female athletes than male. The clinic is Providence’s way of keeping kids safe while building healthier communities together.

Providence among the first to stop serving regular soda

hwcvideossodaBy the end of March, Providence in Oregon will be the largest health system on the West Coast to phase out sugar-infused beverages. Mike Donahue shares what’s behind the change.

Providence cardiologists replace valve on pregnant woman

In January, a team from the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute performed a transcatheter aortic valve replacement, TAVR, on 23-year-old Katie Dickens. She was born with an abnormal heart valve. Five months after the procedure, Jasha was born without complications. It was a first in the northwest and perhaps in the U.S.

Providence chefs mentor at-risk youth

Working with Providence Health & Services executive chefs, Clackamas Technical Education Consortium students are introduced to careers in hospitality and the culinary arts. But, as Mike Donahue shows us in our latest How We Care story, the most important skills they learn come from outside the kitchen.

Providence extends caring hand to Sochi

Our emergency department's Jamie Schlueter, M.D., will be part of the medical staff for the U.S. Olympic athletes in Sochi this February. Dr. Schlueter will spend five weeks helping athletes who are competing in downhill sports stay in top shape.

Providence family clinics treat food insecurity; Nutrition, the foundation of health.

Southeast 82nd Avenue and Milwaukie Clinics ask parents if they have enough money to buy food for their children. A Patient Navigator then interviews the family and connects them with community resources like The Oregon Food Bank to provide food security.

Providence Festival of Trees

Money raised from this year’s Festival of Trees at the Oregon Convention Center will provide life-saving cardiac screening for kids.

Providence helps parents understand concussions

More student athletes are suffering concussions, and Providence is helping coaches recognize the warning signs. A new Oregon law (Jenna's Law) requires youth coaches remove from young athletes who suffer a blow to the head from games or practices. A free Providence publication helps coaches and parents recognize a concussion.

Providence Hood to Coast team runs for cancer research

Meet members of the 2014 Providence Cancer Center Hood to Coast Relay team, including a cancer survivor and two Providence caregivers who will run together to raise funds for groundbreaking research in immunotherapy.

Providence Internal residency program hosts resident from Uganda

Doctor Amir spent three weeks training with residents at the Providence Brain and Spine Institute.

Providence paddlers prepare for 25th Annual Dragon Boat Races

An all-women team of 24 paddlers has been training 3 times a week for 10 weeks on the Willamette River. They are in shape and ready for race weekend June 7th and 8th.

Providence Portland Medical Center makes push for new guest housing facility

With people coming from around the world for treatment, the need for patient guest housing near the Providence Portland campus is growing. Providence does offer affordable guest housing but the Gilroy Guest apartments are outdated and short on space. Now Providence is moving forward with plans to offer a new, modern facility that patients can call “home” while sharing their journey with other guests.

Providence Pregnancy Care Package

Certified nurse midwives lead the Pregnancy Care Package, which is a groundbreaking, team-based model of care for expectant moms and their families.

Providence Promotores connect Washington County Latinos with affordable health care

hwcvideospromotoresLow income patients bring their health concerns to a Providence Promotores Health Clinic at St. Cecilia Catholic School in Beaverton, where trained patient navigators/promoters give health risk screenings. A telehealth nurse practitioner provides a treatment plan.

Providence St. Vincent pre-natal clinic welcomes garden produce

Providence caregivers who planted a garden at St. Vincent Medical Center harvest their first crop. Volunteer gardeners deliver tomatoes, herbs, peppers and beans to a nearby clinic for pregnant women and new mothers.

Providence therapist leads the Beaverton Stars

A dance color guard is building new skills and friendships among developmentally disabled students in the Beaverton School District. The Beaverton Stars practice and perform with high school helpers from throughout the district. They opened the Fall Special Olympics.

Providence Tries Team Approach to Bedside Rounds

On the 7th Floor of Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, care givers are practicing group rounding. Working as a team, The Accountable Care Unit, which includes interns and residents, is patient-focused, resulting in better communication and shorter hospital stays.

Providence volunteer wins Spirit Award

George Skourtis greets and guides guests and patients arriving at the Providence Cancer Center. His smile and phrase, “Oh Boy,” are his trademarks. George is a morale booster for Providence staff as well.

Providence volunteers and Portland Timbers stand together

Providence employees use the new volunteer website to sign up to help Medical Teams International. Working beside personnel from the Portland Timbers, the volunteers sorted and repackaged donated medical supplies to be sent worldwide.

Providence volunteers serve refugee children

In the spirit of World Cup, Providence volunteers join members of the Portland Timbers and Thorns to play soccer and paint soccer scarves with a United Nations of refugee kids living in a SE Portland apartment complex.

Providence wedding couple thankful as treatment continues

Their storybook wedding right before surgery touched so many hearts. Now, Jamie Tafoya shows us how life has changed for her and her husband Jon since the big day.

Remembering Zayana - and saying thanks

Their first child, Zayana, was born Dec. 23, 2010 and only lived a few short weeks - but Ernesto and Christina Mendez were grateful for the care they received in the NICU at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. On Dec. 23, 2012, they came back again to say thank you to the care team - and they brought their new baby boy, DeJuan.

Scents of calm in the NICU

Babies in Providence St. Vincent’s NICU are calmed by a special doll that gives them a reassuring sense that Mom is near. Or maybe it’s “scents?”

Serving, celebrating at Table of the King

The people of Providence celebrate the birthday of Blessed Emilie Gamelin’s birthday by observing the Table of the King. Contributions from this event help feed hungry people in our communities.

Special Olympic torch flames again at opening ceremonies for fall games

hwcvideosspecialolympicsEconomic hardship suspended the Oregon Fall Special Olympics after the 2008 games. Support from Providence Health & Services and its partner the Portland Timbers re-lighted the torch this year. More than 600 intellectually disabled athletes and their 200 coaches participated in soccer, volleyball and swimming events.

Spot check on skin cancer

Dermatologists from Providence Medical Group provide free skin cancer checks and showed riders and striders how they can protect themselves while outside. The skin cancer spot check tent was among the more popular at the Health and Wellness Expo where Providence Bridge Pedal participants could also pick up their packets the day before the big event.

Stepping into the past

Just a few days before Mother Joseph's birthday on April 16, a group of employees and guests learned more about our Providence heritage during a tour of Providence Academy in Vancouver, Wash. Sister Susanne Hartung, SP, led the tour, and Rod Hochman, M.D., our new system president and CEO, was on hand as well. For more information about the effort to restore the building, visit

Stockings for babies

Local boy scout Jordan Jefferis leads a project that produces nearly 500 holiday stockings for new parents at Providence Portland Medical Center. The donation is part of Jordan's effort to earn his Eagle Scout badge, which would make him the youngest in his troop's history to receive the honor.

Students get first-hand look at life-saving surgery

Providence's provides students opportunities throughout the year to watch surgeries as they take place - and to learn about health careers and health risks first-hand. At our latest "Brain Watch" event, more than 125 high school students watched as surgeons clamped a brain aneurysm. (Advisory: the video contains scenes of an actual surgery).

Taking steps into history and heritage

People of Providence talk about their experiences as they tour Providence Academy, the original home and headquarters of the Sisters of Providence in the Northwest, and about the effort to restore the historic building.

Team approach treats the whole person

Mike Donahue shows us how the Providence ALS Clinic in Portland is extending and enhancing life for grateful patients.

Timely treatment sends breast cancer patient on trip of a lifetime

It appeared that patient Connie Smith wouldn’t complete breast cancer treatment in time to leave for a concert tour in Romania. Intervention by a conference of cancer doctors at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, however, decided in favor of less time consuming treatment, so she could make her flight.

Two Medical Students Are Providence St. Vincent Medical Center's First From Guatemala

Guatemala Student
Julia Bonilla Cacares and Alejandra Boria Ortiz trained with residents at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. They want to become doctors in Guatemala where many people never have a chance to see a doctor. They were impressed with the way Providence caregivers connect with their patients.

Video series: It’s how we care

Veteran Oregon journalist Mike Donahue is back! Mike is hosting a new video series for Providence, sharing our stories of health and hope.

Westside ElderPlace

Providence expands ElderPlace to Beaverton, making it the first in Washington County. Based on a nationally recognized model, ElderPlace offers participants meals, medical care and activities to keep minds and bodies healthy.