Providence Health Care provides $103 million in community benefit

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Spokane, WA—Through programs and donations, health education, charity care, medical research and more, Providence Health Care (PHC) in eastern Washington provided more than $103 million in community benefit in 2015.

“Providence Health Care’s community benefit program is an investment in our communities’ overall health,” says Elaine Couture, PHC Regional Chief Executive. “It is the result of the remarkable efforts and contributions of the Providence family and our partners who share our commitment to care for others.”

PHC’s 2015 community benefit investment included:

  • $13.1 million in free and discounted medical care for our communities’ most vulnerable;
  • $12.3 million for medical education and research, including subsidizing medical residency programs;
  • $7 million to subsidize important services such as the Women’s Health Center;
  • $2.9 million for community health programs, grants and donations;
  • $68 million to cover the unfunded costs of Medicaid and ensure access to care.

“Providence uses its community benefit resources to address our region’s greatest unmet needs—the gaps that serve as barriers to better health. By identifying these needs, and collaborating with our community partners, we are better able to make sustainable improvements in the overall health of our communities,” says Couture.

Providence’s community benefit does not include salaries, new construction, facility improvements, investments in technology, bad debt or taxes which Providence pays. Its community benefit contributions exceeded the $33 million in tax exemptions it received as a not-for-profit organization by more than $70 million. In addition, PHC paid $68 million in taxes.

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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. In Eastern Washington, the Providence Health Care network of services includes Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital–nationally recognized for quality care, as well as two critical access hospitals in Colville and Chewelah. Adding to a full continuum of services are 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 sub-specialists and medical specialists.