2022 Gratitude Report

Colleen FoxAs we reflect on giving in 2022, I’m reminded that Sisters of Providence have relied on philanthropy since their story began in Montreal in 1856.

Our foundress, Mother Emily Gamelin, was not without her own struggle. Orphaned at an early age, she went on to lose all three of her children and her husband. Yet, in spite of the incredible hardships she faced, she dedicated her own life to service. The Ministries she established were made possible thanks to the generosity of community members throughout Montreal. After her death in 1851, the Sisters traveled and the Mission grew.

They arrived in Spokane over 135 years ago and established Providence Sacred Heart Hospital, dedicating their lives to those in need. The Sisters were our first fundraisers, traveling by horseback to the mines in secluded, rural areas across the West. Women were not welcome in many of these communities. Still, the Sisters made the ask, begging for gold dust to continue their Mission.

You continue this vital work. Each gift, no matter the size, helps ensure quality, compassionate care in our community.

Your contributions have funded hundreds of thousands of dollars in life-saving health care equipment. An ECMO machine kept a critically ill toddler alive for 11 days. New X-Ray machines at Providence Orthopedics South replaced outdated machines that would often break down and disrupt care. More anesthesia machines at Sacred Heart Medical Center are providing faster treatment for our stroke program—the only one in our region.

Thanks to your generosity, we’re also able to offer life-changing support for patients and their families. It could be gas to help with travel; or a gaming system for children to experience the same joy they may have outside of the hospital; or the memento of a hand or footprint of a child taken too soon. You make the small moments possible for our caregivers to provide comfort, service and hope.

I hope you enjoy reading about the lives changed by your generosity. We are so blessed to find each other through this work in philanthropy—spreading love and light to others. Now more than ever, philanthropy is vital to world-class health care in our communities. Thank you for helping us continue our Mission.

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Colleen M. Fox
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Providence Inland Northwest Foundation

Dr. Jess Welch
Patient using LiteGait therapy device
Scott with Community Clinic staff
“At Providence St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Medical Center, we provide compassionate care with trailblazing technology after injury or illness. We are so grateful to the Foundation for helping fund innovative programs and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Donors who give are helping us reach the full potential of our Mission to serve others.” —Nancy Webster, MBA, CTRS, Hospital Administrator and COO

Your Impact: $9.3 Million Raised

Pie chart of gift impact

Your gifts impact patients and their families at Providence Clinics throughout the Inland Northwest, and

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

Providence Holy Family Hospital

Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital

Providence Mount Carmel Hospital

Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital

Providence St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Medical Center

Our Values in Action


Patient Emergency Fund Helps Pediatric Patients and Families

The patient emergency fund, made possible through generous donations, is intended to provide relief and support through unexpected moments. For one family, it relieved budget concerns while they focused on their son's cancer treatments. 

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Community Health Clinic Serves All

The community clinic is the only one of its kind in Spokane, and volunteer caregivers serve 1,700 patients per year thanks to generous donations. The hope is that patients walk through the doors as they are and experience high quality health care without judgment.

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Program Expands to Address Pediatric Mental Health Crisis

Thanks to donors, the Behavioral and Educational Skills Training (BEST) Program for children navigating behavioral and emotional challenges related to trauma or mental health issues will move into a renovated space at Providence Holy Family Medical Center.

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New Device Supports Stevens County Rehabilitation Patients

The recovery process after a serious injury or stroke can be frustrating and scary, and a fall during rehabilitation can delay recovery. The LiteGait therapy device at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital provides unweighted support to patients while they use a treadmill to improve their strength, gait and balance.

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New Ultrasound Machine Provides Faster Diagnosis, Treatment at Providence Breast Clinic

A new ultrasound machine at the Providence Breast Health clinic is easing the way for patients. It allows patients to receive diagnostic treatment in a familiar space and by the medical team they know well, providing comfort and saving crucial time in determining next steps.

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