In 2014, Providence offered nearly $205 million in free and discounted medical care for those who are uninsured, underinsured or otherwise unable to pay for their health care. With Medicaid expansion and health insurance exchanges, Providence’s charity care spending reflects the success of more people gaining health insurance coverage. We served 24 percent more people in 2014 for a total of 3.3 million unique patients, including 26 percent more Medicaid patients in an environment of decreased reimbursement for government-sponsored medical care.
Our calling and our promise
Providence Health & Services is growing and evolving in Southern California, guided by a new strategic plan to help expand our healing ministry and our Mission of outreach to those most in need in our communities.
From the school playgrounds of lower-income South Bay communities to Valley clinics that treat the poorest of the poor, our People of Providence are creating healthier communities, together, by providing improved access to affordable health care.
The five pillars of our plan include a renewed dedication to inspiring our caregivers in the spirit and tradition of our founders, the Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary. Each of us has the ability to enhance care for our most vulnerable patients and for those whom we serve through our vast Community Benefits programs.
Because of our focus on Mission, we are helping patients with diabetes manage their disease and live better, healthier lives. We are encouraging children in communities of few resources to get out and play, to exercise and to challenge themselves. We are improving the health of communities by reaching out to immigrants with little access to care to treat illnesses and potentially stop their spread. Our caregivers are embracing the most vulnerable – the mentally ill who suffer in silent agony – and partnering with experts in the field to ease their way.
Healthcare reform has proven challenging, but it’s also opened our eyes to the need to improve access to quality health care, whether it’s within our medical centers, our clinics or through these outreach programs, inspired by our 156-year tradition.
Providence Southern California is advancing forward, creating a strong healthcare network across the Los Angeles Area. It is essential to our Mission that we continue to thrive as an organization, and through good stewardship, expand our efforts to care for the poor and vulnerable in our neighborhoods.
Providence Cares: Our Mission and Outreach
Community Benefit Report
The Providence Mission reaches out beyond the walls of care settings to touch lives in the places where relief, comfort and care are needed. One important way we do this is through community benefit spending.
These investments not only support the health and well-being of our patients, but the whole community. Through programs and donations, Providence’s community benefit connects families with preventive care to keep them healthy, fills gaps in community services and provides opportunities that bring hope in difficult times.
Community Needs Assessments
2013 Community Needs Assessments by Ministry
Community Benefit and Implementation Plans by Ministry