Our Commitment to Community Benefit is Steadfast

We are very proud that, despite ongoing financial challenges created by COVID-19, our family of organizations provided $1.9 billion in uncompensated care and other proactive community investments during 2021. This represents an increase of $366 million since the pandemic began.

The importance of supporting our communities has never been clearer. The prolonged effects of the pandemic have had impacts on all facets of health in our communities from housing, food and financial insecurity to mental health. Last year, we responded to pressing community needs, many related to the pandemic, while also continuing our investments in longer-term, sustainable solutions.

Financial assistance and charity care are core to how our family of organizations support those who are vulnerable. Last year, 266,659 patients depended on this support to get the care they need – just a few of their stories are featured here.

Guided by our community health needs assessments, our community benefit and other investments supported equitable access to quality care, including COVID-19 information resources, testing and vaccinations. Together, we are helping communities recover, build resilience and work toward a healthier future.

For more than 165 years, the Providence family of organizations has served as a vital safety net in the western U.S. for those who are vulnerable. We continue our longstanding commitment to identify needs and provide community benefit – it’s an essential way we live our Mission each day.

Financial data presented in this report reflects Providence’s organizational structure during 2021.

In our financial reporting under community health improvement and strategic partnerships, $8 million in additional community commitments was invested and managed by Providence’s strategic services and is not reflected in regional reports.

High-impact solutions in 2021 included:


  • $5M in grants and assistance
    Invested by the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund to support disaster response, housing/ homelessness, community capacity building and education.

  • $2.9M in grants, programs and contributions
    Invested by Well Being Trust toward advancing excellence in mental health and well-being in the U.S.

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Stories of Healing and Hope

In 2021, the Valdez Food Bank received $20,000 from Providence Alaska to add the Rental Deposit Assistance Program to its services.
In 2021, Providence Alaska provided more than $50,000 to help the organization continue the hospice work it has been doing since 2011 and to expand its palliative care program.
Providence Alaska has funded three therapists who are now integrated at Wendler, and Muldoon and Lake Otis elementary schools. They support students and staff in a holistic way.