Providence Health System is embarking on an innovative approach to best serve the healthcare needs of the community. With the hospital continuing to serve as our anchor, Providence plans to enhance its campus by designing and developing a health village, to encompass more than just traditional healthcare services. The health village will be a vibrant community asset designed to keep health at the center and remove the obstacles and barriers that stand in the way of each individual’s best health.
The new approach will create a vibrant campus that is better able to meet the needs of a changing and growing community, and serve people’s needs in the ways that are most convenient and best for them as individuals.
Ascension and the Daughters of Charity have served residents of Washington, D.C., for more than 150 years, with a legacy that dates back to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Through the years, Providence has adapted to the changing needs of the community. This new concept is a continuation of that legacy and our commitment to serve the community where and how we are most needed.
Providence has and continues to engage many participants in the initial planning discussions, led by Providence and Ascension leadership, including community members and neighbors, civic leaders, representatives of the District of Columbia Hospital Association, the DC Department of Health and Department of Behavioral Health, leaders of other healthcare providers, physician leaders, board members, and members of the Daughters of Charity, the historical religious sponsors of Providence.
Working with these partners, the health village concept will be developed over time with a vision of creating an innovative plan consistent with the needs of the District, ensuring the health and overall well-being of the community continues to grow.
Together, we look forward to continuing discussions with our physician partners, community organizations, local government leaders, philanthropists and donors to bring this important development project to life.
Providence recently released a Request for Qualifications for a development partner. A review committee consisting of Providence and Ascension leadership, board members and community members, has been created and will lead the process of selecting a partner in alignment with the overall vision of the health village later this Spring.