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Providence Signs Lease for New Billing Facility

March 13, 2012

New consolidated service center will add 150 jobs in the Spokane area

Spokane, WA—Providence Health & Services (PH&S), owner of Providence Health Care Eastern Washington, has signed a lease for office space at 24100 E. Mission Ave. in Liberty Lake. The 32,000 square foot facility will house billing functions for Providence Health & Services.

Providence will begin renovating space immediately. The building, located in the Meadowwood Technology Campus which formerly housed Hewlett Packard, will be ready for occupancy in August or September.

PH&S announced in December that it is consolidating its Revenue Cycle Management from three service centers in Renton, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Spokane; to two centers in Portland and Spokane. The move will result in 250 revenue cycle employees located in Spokane compared to about 100 today. The plan to add another 150 employees in the Spokane office required the move to a larger facility.

Providence plans to begin filling new jobs in Spokane this fall and continue in 2013. The consolidated service center will eventually include a variety of billing functions for Providence services in Washington, Oregon and Montana.

Providence decided to expand its operations in Spokane in part because of the variety of health care ministries located in Eastern Washington, including Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital, long-term care facilities and home health services, and a growing medical group of more than 160 physicians. In addition to accessibility to its Inland Northwest customer base, Spokane’s available labor, technology and community resources, its transportation, and available business space made Spokane a favorable location for the service center. Its five universities and highly qualified workforce were additional considerations.

About Providence Health Care

In Eastern Washington, the Providence Health Care regional network consists of 11 health care organizations working together to provide coordinated health and human services for Inland Northwest residents. It 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; and a full continuum of services including home health, assisted living, adult day health, skilled nursing care, Providence Medical Group made up of more than 160 physicians, and PAML medical laboratories. For more information, visit www.phc.org.