The Sisters of Providence, the Sisters of St. Joseph and several others committed to health and wellness for all built our organization on a foundation of love for God and deep compassion for those who suffer. We keep their common mission alive by regularly engaging our stakeholders to assess our communities’ needs and working with like-minded partners on innovative ways to educate, provide access to health, protect our planet, serve those without homes, expand mental health and address immigration and other global issues.
National polls show Americans’ No. 1 concern is access to health care. We believe health is a human right, and that health begins with a focus on wellness through primary care. We invest in the health of our communities by expanding access to care; educating challenged communities about healthful eating, fitness and preventive care; recognizing and managing social determinants of health; and addressing mental health as part of our commitment to whole person care.
In the past year, Providence and its partners honored a tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable through innovative efforts that recognize the roots of the challenges our neighbors face. These are some of the programs among our investments to ease the way for the poor and vulnerable:
- Our Orange County hospitals contributed to a ground-breaking partnership, Be Well, OC, to address mental health, and addiction in particular.
- In the San Fernando Valley, our three hospitals partnered with the not-for-profit Tarzana Treatment Centers, advocating for homeless patients who come to our emergency departments, many addicted to drugs and in need of inpatient care.
- St. Mary Medical Center in the High Desert joined with the Hesperia Unified School District to identify and counsel high school students with behavioral health issues, with the ultimate goal of preventing the community’s high youth suicide rate.
We cannot do this alone and are grateful to those who join us in seeking immediate and long term solutions. We are fortunate to have community partners who share our commitment to wellness and stakeholders who provide grants and other support to advance our joint investment in realizing our vision, health for a better world.
We invite you to learn more about ways Providence is working to help meet the needs of our communities through creative teamwork aimed at providing a hand up.
- Erik G. Wexler, chief executive of Providence, Southern California