Providence Community Benefit Fund Awards $2.8 Million to Organizations in Spokane and Stevens Counties
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Spokane, WA—As part of its 2018 Community Benefit Fund, Providence Health Care in Eastern Washington has awarded $2.8 million dollars in grants and donations to 42 organizations in Spokane and Stevens counties that play a critical role in creating healthier communities.
Each organization is helping address health-related issues that have been identified by Providence as among our communities’ greatest needs. Working together, these organizations and Providence are addressing access to mental health and chemical dependency programs, diabetes services, dental care, stable housing, immunizations, and services that help individuals overcome difficult life circumstances that directly impact health such as basic nutritional needs.
The 2018 grant recipients were selected based on their ability to address an identified need or gap in services. Providence conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years in order to direct funding to areas where there is the greatest opportunity to make measurable and lasting improvements in the health of the communities it serves.
The $2.8 million for grants and donations is a portion of Providence Health Care’s 2018 Community Benefit Fund.
Each year, in addition to community grants and donations, Providence Health Care directs its community benefit contributions to help cover the unfunded portion of Medicaid, provide free and discounted care for patients who are uninsured, under-insured or otherwise unable to pay for their health care, provide funding for health-related education and research, and subsidize health care services that fulfill a critical care need in the community.
In 2016, the last year for which reporting has been completed, Providence Health Care’s total Community Benefit Fund was $125 million.
Providence Health Care is the eastern Washington service area 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, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital – all 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 800 physicians and advanced practitioners. Its medical staff includes primary care providers, surgical subspecialists and medical specialists. For more information, visit providence.org/Spokane