Caring for our communities has never been more important. To achieve our vision of health for a better world, we worked closely with our community partners to ensure we addressed the communities’ most pressing needs.
Through programs and donations, charity care and more, Kadlec provided $68.5 million in community benefit in 2019, including $12.9 million in free and low-cost care for patients in need.
Our community health needs assessment guides our investments and partnerships. In 2019, we focused on providing comprehensive behavioral health services, increasing access to affordable health care and services, and addressing social determinants of health and well-being, including housing and food insecurity.
At Providence, we invest in improving community health across all seven states we serve. Called by our Mission, we are committed to serving all within our communities, especially the poor and vulnerable.
In 2015, Kadlec welcomed its first class of residents to the Kadlec Family Medicine Residency Program. A founding principle of the program is its role in developing the next generation of family practice physicians. During the three-year residency, the physicians rotate through multiple settings that will prepare them for future careers. This includes pediatrics, labor and delivery, intensive care, emergency department and in recent years a rotation centered on community health.
All third-year residents spend four weeks in a community clinic in the Tri-Cities called Grace Clinic, a community-supported, free clinic providing medical, dental and mental health services to low income and uninsured residents.
“Being able to use my talents and skills to serve at Grace Clinic is always so rewarding,” says Josh Lum, M.D., a third-year resident. “I am always filled with joy after every shift. This is a great resource and service that we can provide to our community, and it is awesome to see our community come together to serve.”
We invite you to take a look at some of the ways Kadlec offers health and hope to this region through programs such as Safe Kids Saturday, Healthy Ages and our malnutrition assistance program with Meals on Wheels.