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Providence Donates $50,000 to the Red Cross

October 20, 2015

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Donation will assist in the aftermath of north and central Washington wildfires

Spokane, WA—One of the worst wildfire seasons on record took a heavy toll on Washington residents, especially those in the north and central part of the state. To assist in the aftermath of the destruction, Providence Health & Services has made a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross Northwest Region.

“The commitment of businesses like Providence Health & Services to the Red Cross' mission and work here in our community is manifest on a daily basis,” said Terry Pollard, Northwest Regional CEO for the Red Cross. “Their support is critical as we prepare for emergencies, respond to disaster, collect blood and so much more."

This donation will support recovery efforts for residents living in the path of wildfires that devastated communities served by Providence Health Care – the eastern Washington region of Providence Health & Services. It will also help the region prepare for future emergencies.

“These wildfires disrupted the lives of numerous individuals, including many of our own patients and caregivers,” says Elaine Couture, chief executive of Providence Health Care. “Not only did the fire take lives and destroy property, it further impacted the livelihood of thousands of individuals and compromised the health of thousands more,” she says. “It will take months – even years – to fully assess the damage.”

In Stevens County, one of the areas that endured weeks of wildfires, nearly every employee of Providence’s two hospitals, five medical clinics and its home services agency were affected by the fires in one way or another. “More than 650 caregivers continued to provide care even as their own communities or those of their loved ones were evacuated – their livestock, crops and property threatened or destroyed,” explains Couture.

Among those being treated at Stevens County hospitals were firefighters who had been overcome by smoke. In an effort to assist the community of Republic as fires threatened that area, a number of patients were transferred from Ferry County Memorial Hospital in Republic to Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville.

The donation has been made to assist those affected by these fires. Others who wish to make a monetary donation may contact the Red Cross by visiting Redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

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About Providence Health Care

Providence Health Care is the eastern Washington region 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. The health system employs more than 76,000 people across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. In eastern Washington, the Providence Health Care network of services includes Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital– both 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 700 physicians and advanced practitioners. Its medical staff includes primary care providers, surgical subspecialists and medical specialists. For more information, visit www.phc.org.