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Creating a healthier world through partnerships

By Rod Hochman April 12, 2022

At Providence, our vision – Health for a Better World – is driven by a belief that every person deserves the chance to live their healthiest life. In every community, across the seven states we serve, we are inspired by other like-minded organizations who share our commitment to making the world a...


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With deep appreciation on Doctors’ Day

By Rod Hochman March 29, 2022

As we emerge from waves of a two-year pandemic, Doctor’s Day continues to be as important as ever. There are not enough ways to thank each of our doctors and our front-line caregivers who are working through the pandemic with courage and excellence. Since Doctors’ Day 2021, our Providence family of...


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Celebrating our founders on International Women’s Day

By Rod Hochman March 8, 2022

It’s a given that on International Women’s Day I am going to talk about the pioneers who started Providence. Not many organizations of our size can say they were established entirely by women who traveled to the West when the journey alone was risky and the work both dangerous and demanding. Our...


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Supporting Ukraine

By Rod Hochman March 2, 2022

It has been heart-wrenching to see lives lost and communities torn apart this past week. I know that among our family of organizations and those we serve, there are many with personal connections to this crisis, and our hearts go out to you. At Providence, our Mission calls us to take action to...


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Remembering Sister Lucille Dean SP

By Rod Hochman February 23, 2022

No matter how long good people are with us, it is never enough time. That is how many of us are feeling after Sister Lucille Dean, SP, passed away on Feb. 17.   Sister Lucille had deep roots in Seattle, where she was born in 1935, attended school, and later entered the novitiate at Mount St....


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On MLK Day – the meaning of community

By Rod Hochman January 17, 2022

Recently I read a message from one of our Providence Mission leaders, reminding me of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for the beloved community. In the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. King frequently spoke about the longing of Black Americans – and all oppressed people – for human dignity. He saw...


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10 Healthcare Trends to Watch in the Year Ahead

By Rod Hochman January 13, 2022

Though COVID-19 has defied all predictions, perhaps the only certainty is this: Even if cases taper to endemic levels this year, the virus leaves a depleted health care workforce in its wake.  That's why, as my team and I pulled together our annual list of health care predictions, we're calling...


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World AIDS Day: Reflecting on the early days of the AIDS epidemic and the role of our founding sisters

By Rod Hochman December 1, 2021

On World AIDS Day, I’m reminded that our current pandemic is not all that unique in modern history. It’s hard to believe but four decades have passed since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the U.S. in 1981. Woven through those decades are the untold stories of our founding sisters and many...


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At Providence, we have many reasons to be grateful

By Rod Hochman November 18, 2021

It’s hard to believe almost two full years have passed since the first U.S. patient with COVID-19 was admitted to a Providence hospital. In many ways, this second year has been more grueling than the first. Thank you to everyone at Providence for continuing to step up and serve our communities when...


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Our climate crisis is a public health emergency

By Rod Hochman November 2, 2021

Lately I’ve been saying that we are in a pandemic marathon. For nearly two years, hospital systems like Providence have been responding to recurring surges in volumes and it’s been demanding – many times exhausting – for our caregivers. Thanks to their dedication, we have been able to continue...


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