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Creating Healthy Communities

June 04, 2014

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  • Providence Health Care
    Joe Robb, Director
    Marketing & Communications (509) 474-3081
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Spokane, WA—Providence Health Care (PHC), a regional network of hospitals, physician clinics, long-term care and assisted-living facilities, home health programs and medical laboratories in Spokane and Stevens counties, contributed more than $133 million last year to extend health-related services to thousands of residents in need throughout Eastern Washington.

Through its Community Benefit program, Providence provided $30 million in free and discounted care to 48,536 patients so that they could access health care. Its total community benefit contribution also included:

  • $76 million to cover the unfunded portion of government-sponsored medical care;
  • $14 million to subsidize a medical residency program, nursing education and medical research;
  • $11 million to subsidize clinical and social services provided despite a financial loss; and
  • a$2 million for community health services, grants and donations to increase access to patient education, health screenings, immunizations and other health-related needs.

Providence’s community benefit does not include salaries, new construction, facility improvements, investments in technology, bad debt or taxes which Providence pays. “One of the misconceptions in our community is that as a not-for-profit organization, Providence Health Care doesn’t pay taxes,” says Elaine Couture chief executive of Providence Health Care. “Providence paid $63 million in taxes last year, well in excess of the $19 million tax benefit it received as a non-profit organization. Our total community benefit of $133 million was in addition to that,” she clarifies.

Providence partners with other agencies to determine how to maximize these resources. “Providence conducts community needs assessments in Spokane and Stevens counties,” explains Couture. “Using the results of these studies, we partner with other experts to address the areas of greatest need. It is part of our mission to help improve the overall health of the communities we serve,” she adds.

As the need has grown, so has PHC’s annual community benefit contribution – from $73 million in 2009 to $133 million in 2013. “Our region has seen a steady increase in the number of people who live in a state of poverty and who do not have the means to access health care,” says PHC Board Chairman Gary Livingston, PhD. “These individuals rely on Providence or one of our partners for help. Many need preventive care while others are acutely ill and require a variety of services to regain their health. We will continue to go to extraordinary lengths to coordinate and deliver health care where it is needed most,” he says.

Go to providence.org/cares to see examples of how Providence is working to meet the needs in our community and keep people healthy.

About Providence Health Care

In Eastern Washington, the Providence Health Care regional network consists of 11 integrated health care organizations working together to provide quality health and human services for Inland Northwest residents. It includes Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville and Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah; and a full continuum of services including home health, assisted living, adult day health, skilled nursing, and a network of physician clinics. Providence Medical Group, the physician division of Providence Health Care, includes more than 500 primary care, specialty care and hospital-based medical providers serving patients throughout Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Physician clinics are located in Spokane and Stevens counties. For more information, visit www.phc.org.  

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