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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Providence Health Care increases community support, releases 2010 Community Benefit Report

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 18, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Providence Health Care and its 11 health care organizations, including Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Providence Holy Family Hospital, contributed more than $87.4 million  in 2010 to extend health-related services to thousands of residents in need throughout Eastern Washington.

In the past year, through its community benefit program, Providence provided free and discounted care to more than 14,000 patients; subsidized essential health services such as pediatric cancer treatments, emergency trauma services and psychiatric services; invested in medical education and research; and covered the unpaid cost of Medicaid and other government programs.  In addition, it gave financial support to 80 community partners in Spokane and Stevens counties to ensure people in the region have access to essential services – including health care, family support, nutrition, shelter and much more.

“As a not-for-profit organization, our focus is on making health a possibility for everyone,” says Mike Wilson, chief executive of Providence Health Care. “The health of a community can be gauged by the willingness of its members to reach out in support of those most in need.  As members of Providence Health Care and as residents of Eastern Washington, it is both our mission and privilege to help build healthy communities,” he says.

Eastern Washington has experienced a dramatic rise in the need for charity care and community benefit in the past three years.  As the need has grown, Providence has increased its community support from $67.8 million 2008 to $87.4 million in 2010 – a 29 percent increase.

Separate from its community benefit program, Providence also made a significant impact on the local economy in 2010, including:

• An annual employee payroll totaling $431.6 million;
• Investments in modern facilities and the latest technology totaling $27.8 million;
• Tax payments totaling $61 million – well in excess of its $25 million federal, state and local tax exemption as a non-profit organization.

In addition, Providence wrote off $51.3 million in bad debt that is not counted toward its community benefit program.

A copy of Providence Health Care’s 2010 Community Benefit Report is available at 

In Eastern Washington, the Providence Health Care regional network consists of 11 integrated health care organizations working together to provide quality 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 140 physicians, and PAML medical laboratories.

For more information about Providence Health Care and its mission to make health a possibility for all, visit 

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