Las Vegas: Our hearts are with victims, families and first responders

By Rod Hochman October 3, 2017

On behalf of the Providence St. Joseph Health family, I want to take a moment to express our deepest condolences to everyone affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas. As health care professionals, we have seen our share of trauma on many occasions. Yet we cannot begin to fathom what it must be like to...

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Pope Francis calls us to “share the journey” of migrants, refugees

By Rod Hochman October 2, 2017

At Providence St. Joseph Health, we are rooted in a tradition that calls us to show love and compassion for each person we encounter, especially the poor and vulnerable. This includes migrants and refugees who have fled their homes to escape war, persecution and grinding poverty. With more than 65...

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Graham-Cassidy: Our voice made a difference

By Rod Hochman September 26, 2017

We spoke up for the poor and vulnerable. To caregivers and board members across Providence St. Joseph Health, thank you for standing up for those we serve. Our collective voice made a difference. Today, the U.S. Senate decided not to vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill, the latest version of a proposal...

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Advocacy alert: Take action for the poor and vulnerable

By Rod Hochman September 22, 2017

We've made it easy for any of our caregivers who feel called to contact Congress. If you are a member of the public, we have also provided resources below for you.  At Providence St. Joseph Health, we are called to serve the poor and vulnerable. This includes speaking up when necessary to ensure...

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Our caregivers raise $446,000 for hurricane, wildfire relief to date

By Rod Hochman September 19, 2017

Update: Due to the dire situation in Puerto Rico and other islands affected by Hurricane Maria, we have extended the deadline for our matching donations to Thursday, Oct. 12.  When you work in health care and see entire communities in a state of emergency, your first instinct is to want to help in...

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After school shooting, our caregivers help community heal

By Rod Hochman September 15, 2017

This week, one of the communities we serve experienced the type of tragedy you hope never happens in your hometown or to your kids.  The community of Freeman High School, just south of Spokane, Wash., was the site of a harrowing school shooting on Wednesday, leaving one student dead and three...

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Responding to a season of cataclysmic natural disasters

By Rod Hochman September 8, 2017

It’s astonishing how many cataclysmic events are converging at once. We’re seeing devastating hurricanes in the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, a once in a century earthquake in Mexico City. And here in the Western U.S., wildfires have been raging for weeks, impacting many of the communities served by...

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Supporting our Dreamers

By Rod Hochman September 6, 2017

Immigration is a topic I’ve written about extensively during the past few months.  Why does an organization like Providence St. Joseph Health care so much about this issue? We care because it’s a matter of social justice – one of our core values. It’s also at the heart of Catholic social teachings,...

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Standing in solidarity with Houston

By Rod Hochman August 29, 2017

The news and images coming out of the Texas Gulf Coast have been heart-wrenching. At the same time, it has been inspiring to see the human spirit in action, strangers helping strangers and doing everything possible to take care of one another. Houston is a good 525 miles from Lubbock, Texas, where...

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Charlottesville: We cannot be complacent or silent

By Rod Hochman August 21, 2017

Like many of you, I have been profoundly troubled by the white supremacist movement that seems to be gaining legitimacy across our country and around the world. Recent events in Charlottesville are just one indication that the rhetoric of hate is resonating with many disenfranchised Americans. On a...

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