Providence expands House of Charity Clinic, increases access to underserved men, women and children

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Providence expands House of Charity Clinic, increases access to underserved men, women and children

Spokane, WA — Providence opened its new clinic at the House of Charity, greatly increasing access and continuity of medical care to the underserved men, women and children in our community. The expanded clinic opened in its new space at 32 W. Second Ave. on Aug. 2.

The Providence House of Charity Clinic is the oldest outreach clinic for the poor in Washington State. It was started more than 40 years ago when Sister Peter Claver, former administrator of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, entered into an agreement with Catholic Charities to establish a clinic to serve chronically homeless persons of Spokane.

Clinic services are provided by a volunteer team of nine doctors/ARNPs and six RNs. Three additional caregivers round out the team. Hours have increased from two half days a week, averaging 12-14 patent visits per day, to Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and the ability to serve 35 men, women and children per day.

Contributions from the Providence Sacred Heart Gift Shop and PHC Foundation, and the Providence Community Benefit fund paid for the newly expanded clinic.

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– both 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 subspecialists and medical specialists.