(Washington, D.C.) September 17, 2018 – Earlier this summer Providence Health System announced plans to better align the services it provides with the evolving and unmet health needs of District of Columbia residents. To dedicate the time and resources needed to pursue a transformational model of healthcare, Providence will transition out of all services, except for Carroll Manor and primary-care related services on December 14, 2018.
Providence Health System remains committed to its Mission to serve all persons, especially those most in need. Providence will continue to be present in the District of Columbia as we work to realize a new vision of healthcare that will keep health at the center, remove the obstacles and barriers to a healthy life for all, and better meet the needs of a changing and growing community.
“By creating a new model of transformation that is not tied to a single hospital facility, Providence will continue to live out our Mission to serve all persons, especially those who are struggling the most, in even more areas of the District,” said Keith Vander Kolk, Health System President and CEO. “This is particularly true for the communities on the east end of the city that are impacted most by health inequities.”
The most recent DC Community Health Needs Assessment identified mental and behavioral health, place-based care, care coordination and health literacy as the key priorities in the District. These and the social determinants of health beyond traditional healthcare services are areas where the transformed Providence can make a significant impact in the lives and well-being of members of the community.
Providence will continue to work with community leaders, elected officials, the DC Hospital Association, and other healthcare institutions and partners through this important transformation.
This process will benefit from the direct involvement of local and national thought leaders at the forefront of population health strategies. Providence is committed to its Mission and continuing to serve the DC community. Ascension has committed to support this important work by investing upwards of $30 million.
“With a keen focus on the future, financial support, and an array of innovative thought leaders, Providence is poised to create new models of healthcare that will improve the overall well-being of those we serve,” Vander Kolk said. Providence will have more detailed plans to share by mid-2019 and looks forward to providing updates, timelines and information on partners in the coming months.