2022 Community Benefit Report - Providence Alaska

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COMMUNITY BENEFIT SNAPSHOT We invest in Alaska's health A tiny miracle made a little sweeter with help from Providence Alaska Children's Hospital Melissa Webber, Tyrel Williams and their daughter, Poppy, who spent 28 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Providence Alaska Children's Hospital. Total benefit to our communities in 2022 $95 MILLION Caring for our communities has never been more important. To achieve our vision of health for a better world, we work closely with our community partners to ensure we address the communities' most pressing needs. Building a stable community Pictured are (L-R) Christiana Smith, president of the Seward Homeless Connection, Clara Brown, and Frances Azzad Smith, vice president of the Seward Homeless Connection. The Seward Homeless Connection helps people like Clara with rent and utility assistance in lean times. It also provides vouchers for showers, supplies and equipment needed to work, and assists residents in accessing public assistance. This program is funded in part with $10,000 in Providence's community partnership funding, provided through Providence Alaska Foundation. Melissa Webber and husband, Tyrel Williams, were like any new, expectant parents. At 32 weeks pregnant that changed. "All of a sudden I've become a high-risk pregnancy," Webber said. Poppy Williams weighed 3 pounds, 5 ounces at birth and spent the first 28 days of her life in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Providence Alaska Children's Hospital. "Her biggest thing was that she needed to grow and learn to eat," Webber said. "It took a couple of weeks." They knew the long stay at the hospital could be expensive, but it had been an emergency, and surely their insurance would cover most of the expenses. That didn't happen. Providence's financial assistance program stepped in with charity care, which helps reduce or eliminate the costs of care for those in need. Providence Alaska provided $18.5 million in free and discounted care for the uninsured and underinsured in 2022. It helped meet the needs of the Webber- Williams family by assisting them with the costs of care not just for Poppy 's hospital stay, but also Webber's. "The team at Providence was amazing, and everything they did worked. You'd do anything for your child, and we can't thank them enough," Webber said.

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