We Invest in Tri-Cities' Health
Caring for our communities has never been more important. To achieve our vision of health for a better world, we work closely with our community partners to ensure we respond to the most pressing needs.
Through programs and donations, charity care and more, Kadlec provided $64 million in community benefit in 2021, including $11 million in free and discounted care for the uninsured and underinsured.
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Taking action on health challenges
In 2021, we continued to focus on pandemic response and other core priorities including equitable access to care, housing and homelessness, mental health and substance use, and food insecurity.
Bringing our Mission to life
At Providence, we are dedicated to improving community health and reducing disparities in the Western U.S. and beyond. Called by our Mission, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.
Our Shared Values in Action
Kadlec partners with Grace Clinic to cover unmet needs
Mark Brault of Richland, Washington spent his career in accounting before retirement in 2015. Today, he’s finding a different fulfillment volunteering at Grace Clinic, an independent free clinic serving the Tri-City area. “My wife Kathryn, a provider at the clinic, recruited me onto the board of directors 18 years ago,” says Mark, who became Grace Clinic’s volunteer CEO in 2012. “Through my involvement, I developed a deep commitment to the mission of the clinic.”
The clinic sees patients five days a week with volunteers from the medical, dental and mental health professions. It’s a much-needed resource in the region, providing free health services to those who are uninsured. Patient visits usually exceed 7,000 each year. Kadlec supports Grace Clinic through community benefit funding, equipment donations and volunteer involvement by caregivers. One of Kadlec’s recent contributions is equipment for cardiac stress tests. Iyad Jamali, MD, a Kadlec cardiologist who volunteers at Grace Clinic, facilitated the donation and soon saw a patient whose heart wasn’t working right.
“I referred her to Kadlec where I did an angiogram and found that one of her arteries was 80 percent blocked,” Dr. Jamali said. “She has a stent now and is doing well. Our ability to do stress tests there has enhanced our services.”
Without Kadlec’s support, Mark says things would be more difficult for Grace Clinic. “We would have to find the funding elsewhere,” he said. “And some of our patient have needs that must be met at a hospital. Historically, we’ve had the easiest time helping patients access financial assistance at Kadlec.”
Creating a Healthier Community
Kadlec and its caregivers are heavily involved in our communities supporting many agencies and projects, from Grace Clinic to Elijah Family Homes, Tri-Cities Chaplaincy and the Union Gospel Mission.
In 2021, community benefit funding requests were approved to support Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties, Elijah Family Homes, Safe Harbor Support Center for My Friends’ Place and the Society of St. Vincent DePaul.