Providence’s Swedish Community Investment in South Puget Sound Totals $65 Million in 2021

Submitted by Providence

For more than 160 years, the Providence family of organizations has served as a vital safety net for the vulnerable. Our unwavering commitment to meeting the needs of the community is one of the many ways we live our mission and work towards health for a better world.

Providence recently released its 2021 annual report to our communities. The report highlights how Providence has partnered in the seven states where it operates to address the most challenging public health crisis of our time. In South Puget Sound, Providence’s Swedish investment included $45.4 million in unpaid costs for Medicaid and other means-tested government programs and $9.2 million in free and reduced-cost care for the uninsured and underinsured.

Breaking down barriers to care is just one of the results of Providence’s Swedish commitment to the community.

“The importance of community support has never been clearer,” said Darin Goss, general manager of Providence Swedish South Puget Sound. “The prolonged effects of the pandemic have impacted all facets of health in our communities, from housing, food and financial insecurity to mental health. A response to urgent community needs, as well as upstream and sustainable solutions, are needed to help communities recover, build resilience and work towards a healthier future.

The additional community investment included $7 million for health professional training and research, $2.7 million for subsidized health services and $300,000 for community health improvement and strategic partnerships. .

In partnership with local communities, Swedish Community Health Workers in Providence were created to help eliminate health disparities, as the populations served typically include people who have barriers to care. View the full Providence Swedish South Puget Sound Community Benefits report here, including an example of patient financial assistance in action.

“Our community benefits programs are essential to our vision,” said Rod Hochman, MD President and CEO of Providence. “As we continue to serve disadvantaged populations and advance health equity and social justice in our communities, Providence remains committed to our vision of creating health for a better world.”

About Providence Swedish South Puget Sound

Providence Swedish in South Puget Sound touches more lives in the 540,000 service areas of five counties of Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific than any other healthcare provider.

It is made up of:

  • Providence St. Peter Hospital, a 372-bed facility founded in 1887
  • Providence Centralia Hospital, a 128-bed facility founded in 1926
  • Providence Medical Group in southwest Washington, comprising more than 40 clinics with more than 1,000 primary, specialty, and hospital providers

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