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About Providence Health System

Providence is easily accessible through the Community Physicians Network, comprised of 17 ambulatory care sites in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

Providence is proud to be part Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic nonprofit health system. Ascension has 2,600 sites of care across the country and leads the field in world-class medical staff, cutting-edge technology and quality patient care.

About Ascension

Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2017, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 165,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

A History of Distinction in Innovative Patient Care

Founded in 1861, at the invitation of Abraham Lincoln, the Daughters of Charity began their service to District residents who were sick, poor and vulnerable. 

President Abraham Lincoln signed an Act of Congress to charter Providence Hospital, the longest continuously operating hospital in Washington, D.C. 

Providence established itself as a teaching hospital when other District hospitals were flooded with war wounded during the Civil War.  Providence is still a teaching hospital, offering three graduate medical teaching programs and serving as a rotational site for nursing and medical students and residents.

Providence Hospital has changed location three times since 1861.  Our current campus in northeast DC continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of today’s healthcare consumers.

Providence’s Mission

Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, we commit ourselves to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Our Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.

Our Vision

We envision a strong, vibrant Catholic health ministry in the United States which will lead to the transformation of healthcare. We will ensure service that is committed to health and well-being for our communities and that responds to the needs of individuals throughout the life cycle. We will expand the role of laity, in both leadership and sponsorship, to ensure a Catholic health ministry in the future.

For More Information about Physician Specialists

To find a physician specialist, please call Providence Hospital’s Physician Referral Service at 1-855-823-WELL (9355) or uses our Find a Physician search



Main hospital Phone: (202) 854 7000

Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street, N.E. Washington, DC 20017 2180