The world we live in is divided on many fronts. We look at one another in terms of race, gender, income, beliefs and a million other distinctions that separate us, however, anyone, whether a billionaire, a busboy, or a beggar, can fall victim to illness or injury. We all rely on hospitals and the healthcare professionals that run them to handle our care when we or our loved ones are in need. Providence Saint Joseph’s Medical Center is an institution that strives to provide compassionate treatment to anyone who comes to them, no matter what their circumstances.
Saint Joseph’s has been serving the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys since 1943 and is now the second largest hospital in the area, known for its cutting edge technology and advanced diagnostics, as well as its commitment to integrity and compassion. Their 600 plus physicians make up over 50 specialties that run the spectrum of medical expertise from bariatric care to heart and vascular health, to cancer treatment and so much more. The Roy and Patricia Family Cancer Center at Saint Joseph’s offers a wide range of therapies and is the first cancer center created to focus on healing through human touch and interaction alongside the best in radiation and surgical oncology.
Always living by their motto, “Providence Cares,” Saint Joseph’s is also committed to reaching out to those in need. Their diverse programs ensure care to immigrants, the elderly, school children, the uninsured, and those suffering from mental illness. Their services range from tattoo removal to care for diabetic patient to free after school activities for children. In 2012 alone, Providence has given close to $167 million in services for the community, providing care to more than 250,000 people who could not otherwise afford it. Extending their scope farther from home, Providence coupled with Faith in Practice to embark on their very first international medical mission. Taking a volunteer group of doctors, nurses and other professionals in the clinical field to a small, impoverished village in Guatemala, the team performed over 60 surgeries. As human beings we all benefit from reaching out and taking care of one another. The incredible staff at Providence Saint Joseph’s lives and breathes this philosophy.
At some point in our lives, every one of us will be impacted by events that make it necessary for us to place our wellbeing or that of someone we love into the hands of medical professionals. By supporting them, we are supporting ourselves. If you would like to make a donation, Saint Joseph’s has a number of foundations that benefit different specialties and services. To read more about the work the People of Providence are doing, you can visit their blog.
// Sam Solakyan