Providence Health & Services
||This article appears to be written like an advertisement. (April 2013)|
||It has been suggested that Providence Medical Group be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since January 2012.|
|Headquarters||Renton, WA, USA|
|Area served||Western United States|
|Key people||Rod Hochman MD, President/CEO|
|Services||Health care and human services: acute care, surgical, family medicine clinics, hospice and home care, nursing homes and transitional care, assisted living, supportive housing|
|References: 2012 Fact Sheet|
Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry operating multiple hospitals across 5 states. The health system includes 27 hospitals, more than 35 non-acute facilities and numerous other health, supportive housing and educational services in the states of Alaska, Washington, Montana, Oregon and California. Providence Health & Services was started by the Sisters of Providence (Montreal, Quebec) more than 155 years ago.
Providence Health System was established by the Sisters of Providence (Montreal, Quebec), a community of Roman Catholic sisters founded in Montreal, Quebec by Mother Émilie Gamelin in 1843. In 1856, Mother Joseph and four sisters came to Vancouver, Washington (then Washington Territory) to serve the native people and settlers. The five pioneer sisters crisscrossed the Northwest and established schools, hospitals, orphanages and other institutions of care. In 1858, they founded St. Joseph Hospital, the Pacific Northwest's first permanent hospital (now Southwest Washington Medical Center). In 1859, the Sisters incorporated their works of charity, creating the structure for the current network of health care services known as Providence Health & Services. Providence Health System continues today as one of the oldest corporations in the state. The sisters went on to establish numerous schools and hospitals in Washington, Montana, Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia, and California.
Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart died on January 19, 1902. Her dying words were: “Sisters, whatever concerns the poor is always our affair.” Providence Health System was managed by the Sisters of Providence until 1979, when the first lay-person was made president of the system because of the declining numbers within the religious community.
Today, Providence Health & Services is the largest health care system in Washington state and one of the largest employers in the state. It is headquartered in Renton, Washington.
Affiliation with Swedish Health Services
In 2012, Providence acquired Swedish Health Services in Seattle, Washington. Publicly the merger has been communicated as an affiliation developed out of a mutual desire to more efficiently expand services to patients in Snohomish and King counties. Interestingly, these two institutions were known to be fiercely competitive adversaries making the affiliation surprising to most residents in the respective communities. Swedish Medical Center was in serious financial difficulty following an aggressive expansion strategy started on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis and major cuts made to Medicare reimbursements in 2009. Providence had similar struggles but was able to lean on the massive cash reserves held by Providence Health & Services which employs more than 64,000 people across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The combined scope of services includes 32 hospitals, 350 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services. 
Dr. Rod Hochman, CEO of Swedish Medical Center was officially hired by Providence Health & Services when Providence affiliated with Swedish in 2012, and he has now been named president and CEO of Providence, effective April 2013.
In 2011, Providence provided more than $651 million in community benefit, including nearly $204 million in free and discounted care for those who could not afford to pay for care.
- Providence Alaska Medical Center
- Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center
- Providence Seward Medical and Care Center
- Providence Valdez Medical Center
- Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
- Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro
- Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance
- Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
- Providence Tarzana Medical Center
- Providence Medical Institute
- Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
- Providence Medford Medical Center
- Providence Milwaukie Hospital
- Providence Newberg Medical Center
- Providence Portland Medical Center
- Providence Seaside Hospital
- Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
- Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center
- Providence Centralia Hospital
- Providence Holy Family Hospital
- Providence Mount Carmel Hospital
- Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
- Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital
- Providence St. Joseph's Hospital
- Providence St. Mary Medical Center
- Providence St. Peter Hospital
Providence Medical Group
Providence Medical Group operates more than 250 clinics in neighborhoods throughout Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Providence Medical Group is part of Providence Health & Services.
Providence Medical Group employs more than 1,600 physicians offering expertise in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology and other specialties. Since officially becoming part of Providence Health & Services, Providence Medical Group has undergone rapid expansion as the hospitals attempt to increase control of physician referral patterns. This is especially true in specialties involved in performing highly reimbursed procedures such as Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics. For nearly 150 years the hospital medical staff was composed of independent community physicians, but this has shifted as the majority of the medical staff and nearly all of the staff leadership is employed directly by Providence. This reflects an increasing trend seen around the country as hospitals jockey for market share in an environment with rapidly changing and uncertain centralized reimbursement models.
Other types of services
Providence Health & Services' comprehensive scope of services also includes outpatient services, transitional care, home and hospice care, substance abuse programs, mental health treatment, comprehensive outreach programs including prevention and wellness, long-term care, assisted living and housing. Providence Health Plans provide or administer health coverage to more than 375,000 members nationwide.
- "Providence St. Joseph's Hospital". Retrieved 2009-10-15.