Providence Health System provided nearly $30 million in community benefit dollars – from free health care services for the needy to a variety of wellness outreach programs – to Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley residents in 2004.
Approximately $6 million was spent in 2004 to provide free medical care for those with limited incomes under the Emilie Gamelin Program for Patience Assistance. This program is named after Mother Emilie Gamelin, founder of the Sisters of Providence.
Another $3.6 million was spent on non-billed and community benefit programs such as the Tattoo Removal Program, which helps individuals increase their employment opportunities and their safety on the streets through the removal of asocial and gang-affiliated tattoos. Other free services include the School Nurse Program, Senior Outreach, The Parish Nurse Partnership Program, the Latino Health Program and Cancer Outreach.