Breakthroughs Fall 2016

November 02, 2016
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Letter from the Chief Executive

We know you look for the high­est quality health care when you or your loved ones need medical attention. But health care should also be easy to access. You should have choices on when, where and how to get the help you need, and that care should be of the highest quality. In this issue of Break­throughs, we highlight some programs we are very proud of.

On page 12, we invite you to read about our nationally recognized cardiology program. We have long been leaders in offering the most innovative heart health treatments. On page 16, we’ll introduce you to the newest member of our highly regarded cancer program. Steve Vasilev, MD, is an expert in gynecologic oncology and has led the way in treating women’s cancers with minimally invasive techniques. He’s also the first U.S. physician to be quadruple-board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, gynecologic oncology and integrative and holistic medicine.

We know that convenience is also important to you, and digital technologies provide an in­triguing new way to get care for minor ailments. On page 18 we describe a new app that allows residents of our community to quickly book and complete a virtual visit with a nurse practitioner, using a smartphone or computer, for conditions like colds or rashes. Another program utilizes an app to schedule a same-day, at-home appointment with a nurse practitioner, again for minor ailments.

Access to care isn’t just a matter of convenience. Throughout the health care industry, one of the services that has been difficult to access is mental health care. We are taking steps to close the gap between mental health needs and services. For example, our Child and Family Devel­opment Center provides care to special needs children who, without the center, would have few other options (page 22).

Moreover earlier this year, Providence Health & Services aligned with the St. Joseph Health system, based in Orange County. As part of our new partnership, we committed a combined $100 million to improve access to mental health care. With this pledge, more people will find help for conditions that cause enormous suffering.

With utmost respect,
Marcel Loh

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