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Catholic Health Association honors Providence with Achievement Citation

June 09, 2016

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Spokane, WA – Providence Health Care’s Transitional Respite Care for the Homeless Program was presented with the Catholic Health Association's (CHA) Achievement Citation this week. The Achievement Citation is one of CHA’s highest honors reserved for outstanding programs that transform lives.

The Transitional Respite Care for the Homeless Program provides a post-discharge environment for people who are homeless to recuperate, and would otherwise return to life of the streets before they are fully healed. It received this premier award for original, bold, innovative programming that delivers measurable results for communities it serves in Spokane. The program is reducing the demand on emergency services, saving resources that are being redistributed for important services, and helping improve the overall health of the community.

The award was presented June 6 during the annual CHA Assembly in Orlando, Florida. Elaine Couture, regional chief executive of Providence Health Care, accepted the award, saying "At its core, this program is a testament to the connection between health and home, and the value of human dignity in every person's life. Our hope is to share this story, and that other communities will develop similar programs."

The award includes a $10,000 grant from CHA to support the program.

Learn more about the program

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 more than 700 physicians and advanced practitioners. Its medical staff includes primary care providers, surgical subspecialists and medical specialists. For more information, visit www.phc.org