Providence awards nearly $3M in grants, donations to local organizations

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Providence Health Care has awarded $2.9 million in grants to over 40 local organizations through its Community Benefit Fund.

Every three years, Providence conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment to determine where grants and donations from the fund should go, in order to make the greatest impact and make lasting improvements in community healthcare.

For 2020, organizations in Spokane and Stevens County were selected, selected based on their ability to address a need or gap in services.

“With each community partnership we support, whether time, talent or treasure, we fulfill our Providence Mission in caring for our region’s most challenging health-related needs,” says Peg Currie, COO for Providence Health Care. “Working together, we can improve access to mental care, homelessness, addiction, stable housing, and provide services to help families overcome traumatic circumstances.”

Providence also uses its Community Benefit Fund to cover medical costs for patients who struggle to afford it, fund health-related research, cover unpaid Medicaid costs and subsidize critical health services.

In 2018, the total Providence Community Benefit Fund had reached $143.8 million.