Providence Health System is making changes to better align the services it provides with the evolving needs of the District of Columbia. Providence’s transformation is designed to deliver a community asset that will encompass more than traditional healthcare services.
The new Providence will look to transform the way care is delivered in the District with a new community-focused perspective that provides other types of needed services, such as care coordination, telehealth/virtual care, primary and urgent care, home care, community-based behavioral healthcare, senior care and more. In addition, Providence will look at non-healthcare-related services that impact an individual’s wellbeing. This new approach will allow Providence to take a leadership role in transforming healthcare delivery.
“We know that 15 percent of a person’s life is spent in actual healthcare, which means the remaining 85 percent is spent in other areas that either positively or negatively impact their overall wellbeing,” said Keith Vander Kolk, Health System President and CEO. “That is where the greatest opportunity to make meaningful change lies, and we must put our focus and energy on advancing a model of transformation that will serve the District in new and lasting ways.”
Providence and Ascension will remain in Washington, D.C., and continue to provide care for the community through this transformation. Consistent with our Values, Providence will work with civic leaders, representatives of the District of Columbia Hospital Association, DC Health, other healthcare leaders, physician leaders, board members, and Providence physicians and associates on appropriate transition plans to ensure we meet the needs of those we serve.
While acute care services will close, we will review plans for all other services, such as Carroll Manor, Providence’s skilled nursing facility, which will continue to operate uninterrupted as part of Ascension Living, the senior living and care division of Ascension.
“Over the years, Providence has adapted to the changing needs of the community,” said Vander Kolk. “Our future transformation is a continuation of that legacy and our commitment to serve the community where and how we are most needed.”