2010 Community Benefits Report Compassion | Commitment | Community It begins with a warm smile - one that says “Please, let me help you.” Providence Health & Services, Southern California, with roots in the Los Angeles Area since 1925, is dedicated to compassionate care that reaches well beyond the doors of its five award-winning medical centers. So important is this philosophy that compassion is among our five core values, and the one that drives Providence to continuously assess community needs and to find ways to meet those needs. Founded by the Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, the Catholic nonprofit organization lives its Mission to reveal God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through compassionate service. Now more than ever in its history, Providence is reaching out to those in need, committed to helping build healthy communities. That commitment means health care for the uninsured, a helping hand for new immigrants, checkups and fitness guidance for children whose parents can’t afford basic doctor visits and calls to seniors just to make page | 1 sure they’re OK – all during the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Providence is committed to its Mission, more than 150 years strong and founded by the sisters who dedicated their lives to caring for the sick, comforting the dying, helping the poor and educating children. In California, our medical centers and other facilities are partners in the community, striving to help all in need. Our 12,000 employees, physicians and volunteers are a part of the communities we serve. They see the homeless wearing layers of tattered clothing to guard against the winter chill; they have neighbors who are jobless and face mounting bills. Many live the Mission, donating their skills to clinics, outreach programs and charitable works. Providence represents a culture of compassionate care for all, and is led by employees and physicians who work as teams, striving for excellence in the workplace and in the community.