About Us We strive to give those we serve exceptional, compassionate health care that provides peace of mind. At Providence, it’s not just health care, it’s how we care™ Providence Health & Services in Oregon is a not-for-profit network of hospitals, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, and affiliated health services. As part of the greater Providence Health & Services, with services in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana and California, we continue a tradition of caring that the Sisters of Providence began nearly 160 years ago. Here is a glimpse at the facilities, services and benefits that make up Providence Health & Services in Oregon. Integrity and Compliance Providence Health & Services (Providence) is dedicated to maintaining excellence and integrity in our operations as well as professional and business conduct. More information » Supporting Our Communities! Caring for the communities we serve lies at the heart of who we are. Learn about our Providence Cares campaign and see how Providence is much more than just health care. Every three years, Providence Health & Services conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment to determine the greatest unmet needs in the communities we serve. Our Mission is to provide high-quality health care to the citizens of Oregon, with special emphasis on serving the poor and vulnerable. View our Community Health Needs Assessments › This assessment was assembled in partnership with Healthy Columbia Willamette, a collaborative of 14 hospitals and four health departments in the Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties of Oregon and in Clark County. This unique partnership aims to improve the health of the community. Our History Providence Health & Services traces its beginnings to 1843 when a religious community of Catholic women was founded in Montreal, Quebec. Soon to be called the Sisters of Providence, this community grew from the work of a young widow, Emilie Gamelin, who dedicated her resources and ultimately her life to service for others. In 1856, Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart and four other Sisters of Providence arrived in Vancouver, Washington Territory. Within months of their arrival, the pioneer sisters began caring for elderly men and women, orphaned children and the sick in what was called the "Providence Enclosure." By 1858 they opened St. Joseph Hospital, the first hospital in the Northwest. The Sisters of Providence incorporated their acts of charity in 1859, and word of their good works quickly spread across Washington Territory. Today the legacy of those first pioneer sisters lives on in the dedication and commitment of all who have joined in the Providence Mission of service.