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WA Dept. of Health Regulation Request

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has requested that hospitals post select policies, when available, to our website.

Providence Health & Services provides quality, compassionate health care to everyone that comes to us for care. Based on our Mission to provide care to all and our core values of compassion, excellence, respect and justice, all patients and visitors who are receiving care, services or support from Providence and its affiliated clinics and services are treated with respect and equality. Each interaction will be free from discrimination based on age, race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

Below are copies of the policies that Providence has in place at this time that are relevant to the DOH’s request. Also below is our statement regarding reproductive health services.

Statement on reproductive health services
Providence Health & Services provides high quality health care to everyone that comes to us for care. Patient safety is our number one priority. Reproductive health care includes many services and treatments that are unique, so we do not have formal policies that direct all of reproductive health care as an entire field of care. Reassuring the patients and families we serve is important to us, so we want you to know that, rooted in our Mission, tradition, ethics and science that:

  • When it comes to complex pregnancies, clinicians at Providence exercise their best medical judgment and adhere to best practices and standards of care in the community to ensure safe, quality care for the patient.
  • In circumstances wherein a woman’s life is in danger such as in an ectopic pregnancy, providers at Providence follow best practices of surgical and non-surgical treatment options.
  • While we believe sexual assault is not related to reproductive health care but instead is a social justice issue, it is important to know that providing assistance and support to victims of sexual assault, including emergency contraception when indicated, is our priority in Providence emergency departments as a part of our protocol to provide needed care.