Compassion. Commitment. Community.

What are community benefits?

Our Mission

As people of Providence,
we reveal God's love for all,
especially the poor and vulnerable,
through our compassionate service.

A not-for-profit
health care ministry

As a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry, Providence embraces its Mission-driven responsibility to provide for the needs of the communities we serve. Our not-for-profit status and our careful management of financial resources allow us to deliver quality care and also to donate many subsidies, services and grants to meet local needs.

Special concern for
the poor and vulnerable

Providence's foundress of its Northwest ministries, Mother Joseph, once said, "Whatever concerns the poor is always our affair." That was true for the early Sisters of Providence, and it is true for us today. Our hospitals and clinics are open to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. We offer a financial assistance program that is one of the best in the country, with generous discounts and free care for those who cannot afford to pay.

Community benefits are the many ways Providence contributes to and supports our communities, from direct financial giving to in-kind contributions of time and expertise. Our goal always is to make investments that support individuals in need and build healthier communities.

We tailor our programs to respond to regional, area and neighborhood needs with an emphasis on helping the uninsured, those in financial need, and underserved rural and minority populations. In addition to free care and reduced-cost care for our uninsured patients in need, our community benefits include:

The community health assessment

Reaching out to our communities

Every three years we conduct a formal community health assessment to ask important questions about who is experiencing the greatest needs, and how those needs might be different even within a community. The outreach connects us to many nonprofits, social service agencies and care providers as well as recipients of care and their families. We ask about the most pressing needs they see or experience, and we seek ideas for partnering to meet those needs.

To ensure that the assessment is complete and fully inclusive, our process includes research, meetings in communities, many interviews, focus groups and surveys. During our last outreach, Providence employees contacted 160 organizations and 400 individuals across the state for a personal interview.

Our findings are assembled to make certain we understand and respond to local and regional needs, which often vary from one city or county to another. Identified areas of need not only guide our community benefit giving, but also our strategic planning to ensure our Mission is fully realized across our operations.

Planning Process Chart

The greatest needs

Our 2010 assessment helped us to set priorities that reflect current advice from our communities and partners. Our outreach has been guided by these priorities:

Joining hands to provide care

We recognize that caring for the poor and vulnerable is not a task we can do on our own. The community health assessment helps us identify and support local and statewide nonprofit organizations that share our vision for community care. This support can include a direct donation or a grant to support service work, develop a new service or expand programs. Sometimes we'll partner to address an unmet need.

At Providence, two key groups manage our grants. Both groups consider applications based on identified needs from the community health assessment and both have an established set of criteria and measurements.