Providence Southwest Washington Foundation
Know Me, Care for Me, Ease My Way
For some patients in our community, there are obstacles to making a safe and healthy transition home following a hospital stay. Bridging these gaps not only prevents delays in discharge but also helps us provide an available bed for the next patient sooner. The Sr. Rita (Thurston County) and Sr. Carolyn (Lewis County) Patient Assistance Funds help meet that need.
Support is provided in the form of transportation to and from chemotherapy, radiation, and hospital appointments/stays; clothing for discharged patients who lost theirs during treatment for a medical emergency; a safe bed/place to stay, for those with nowhere to go, while they focus on healing; mobility equipment, such as walkers, for those with no other means; car seats, formula and diapers for newborns who came earlier than expected; and food and supplements to help those without sufficient nutrition heal properly.
These needs are not new to our patients, but they are growing. Financial hardships because of job loss, furloughs and reduced or lost benefits are on the rise. Providence caregivers at Providence hospitals are experiencing barriers to properly care for
their patients’ transition home almost daily. They work tirelessly to find other resources but regularly turn to the foundation’s Sister Carolyn Patient Assistance Fund (Lewis County) and Sister Rita Patient Assistance Fund (Thurston County)
to bridge those gaps to a safe return home and a healthy recovery.
Since 2014, donations to the Sister Carolyn and Sister Rita funds have provided over $40,000 in critical funding in support of our patient’s wellbeing by providing food, transportation, clothing, durable medical equipment, and temporary boarding for patients with no safe place to go home to while they heal.
Our Philanthropic Needs
Sister Rita Patient Assistance FundProvides critical needs to patients in Thurston County, especially during discharge, by helping families with food insecurity obtain meals, providing transportation, clothing, and temporary lodging while recovering.
Sister Carolyn Patient Assistance FundProvides critical needs to patients in Lewis County, especially during discharge, by helping families with food insecurity obtain meals, providing transportation, clothing, and temporary lodging while recovering.