Spokane, Wash. —Driven by its mission to meet the needs of the communities it serves, Providence Health Care has awarded $2.9 million dollars in grants and donations to more than 40 local organizations in Spokane and Stevens counties that play a critical role in creating healthier communities. The 2020 grant recipients were selected based on their ability to address an identified need or gap in services.
“With each community partnership we support, whether time, talent or treasure, we fulfill our Providence Mission in caring for our region’s most challenging health-related needs,” says Peg Currie, chief operating officer for Providence Health Care. “Working together, we can improve access to mental care, homelessness, addiction, stable housing, and provide services to help families overcome traumatic circumstances.”
Providence conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years in order to direct funding to areas where there is the greatest opportunity to make measurable and lasting improvements in the health of the communities it serves. The $2.9 million for grants and donations is a portion of Providence Health Care’s 2020 Community Benefit Fund.
Each year, in addition to community grants and donations, Providence Health Care directs its community benefit contributions to help cover the unpaid cost of Medicaid and other government programs, provide free and discounted care for patients who are uninsured or underinsured or otherwise unable to pay for their health care, provide funding for health-related education and research, and subsidize health services that fulfil a critical care need in the community. In 2018, the last year for which reporting has been completed, Providence Health Care’s total Community Benefit Fund was $143.8 million.
About Providence Health Care
Providence Health Care is the eastern Washington service area of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. In eastern Washington, the Providence Health Care network of services includes Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital – all nationally recognized for quality care, as well as two critical access hospitals in Colville and Chewelah. It also includes a full continuum of services – Providence Medical Park in Spokane Valley (a comprehensive multi-specialty center), three urgent care centers, home health, assisted living, adult day health and skilled nursing care. Providence Medical Group of eastern Washington includes more than 850 physicians and advanced practitioners. Its medical staff includes primary care providers, surgical subspecialists and medical specialists. For more information, visit www.phc.org.
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