Gifts in Action - Our Top Stories

Oncology Healing Garden

The Oncology Healing Garden at St. Peter Hospital is a serene garden, a respite and healing space for patients and their families, helping to relieve the stress of being in the hospital during illness and treatments. Read more

Dental Residency Program

There are serious barriers to dental care access for adults who have low incomes and medically complexDental Residency needs, leaving our most poor and vulnerable community members at significant risk. These people have very limited options and cannot seek dental care until a medical crises occurs – and they often end up in the Providence St. Peter Hospital Emergency Center. A number of patients arrive at the Emergency Center with acute pain and infections requiring extensive hospital stays that could have been avoided with preventative dental care in an outpatient setting. Read more

SoundCareKids - Helping Kids Through the Loss of a Loved One

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SoundCareKids was the focus of the 2016 Christmas Forest Fund-a-Need. Supported entirely by private donations, SoundCareKids is a support program for families with children who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. Read more

Planning for the Unexpected: Advance Care Planning

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At the end of life, or during critical illnesses, patients are often unable to make important medical care decisions. This places a heavy responsibility and burden on families, as well as health care providers. However, this can be alleviated through advance care planning, the process in which deliberate decisions are made by individuals about their health care preferences and who they want to make decisions for them if they become unable to speak for themselves. Read more

Music Soothes the Soul

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Music thanatology is a clinical modality that unites music and medicine in end-of-life care. In 2001, Providence became the first health system in the world to hire full-time music thanatologists. In the years since, the program has brought comfort and peace to hundreds of people as they faced the end of life. “The ministry of thanatology is about accompanying patients in their dying process through the comfort and blessing of music,” says Teresa Lynch, director of Spiritual Care for Providence in Thurston and Lewis Counties. “The presence of a thanatologist enhances and contributes positively to the healing environment.” Read more

A New Approach to Behavioral Health Care


Many aspects of life can easily be taken for granted: food, shelter, transportation, education, job opportunities, and consistent, high-quality mental and physical health care. These are the building blocks for healthy living, the cornerstone of stability, security, and human dignity. Read more

Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic Becomes a Reality

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Becky Brewer, a donor and Providence St. Peter Hospital Community Board Member, lost her husband Ron Sundberg to cancer in February 2013. “The palliative care Ron received as an inpatient allowed him to talk about his life goals, what he wanted for the final time in his life, and what he needed to be comfortable,” Becky says. Read more