The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) recognized Providence St. Peter and Providence Centralia hospitals for their efforts to achieve high-quality care and demonstrate community health leadership.

The Providence St. Peter Sexual Assault Clinic was one of two hospitals bestowed with a 2016 Community Health Leadership gold award, while Providence Centralia was one of 11 hospitals honored with an Achieving Best Care award.

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Providence St. Peter Hospital was recognized by Washington State Hospital Association for high quality care and demonstrating community health leadership. Photo courtesy: Providence Medical Group

“These awards are a testimony to the compassion and excellence of our caregivers,” said Providence Southwest Washington Region Chief Executive Medrice Coluccio. “We are proud of the care we provide to our communities and to humbly receive this recognition from WSHA.”

The Leadership awards of Achieving Best Care and Community Health Leadership gold award are among WHSA’s highest honors awarded to health care organizations in Washington.


Providence St. Peter Sexual Assault Clinical and Child Maltreatment Center named 2016 Community Health Leadership Gold Award winner

WSHA recognized Providence St. Peter’s Sexual Assault Clinic (SAC) for serving the community’s broader health needs in innovative and lasting ways.

Celebrating its 25-year anniversary later this year, the SAC has served 7,000 children and thousands of adult victims of sexual assault.

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Providence Southwest Washington Region Chief Executive Medrice Coluccio is proud of the care provided by Providence to the community and humbled by the recognition. Photo courtesy: Providence.

“This program is true mission in action,” said Coluccio. “The clinic reaches some of the most vulnerable population in our communities.”

Started in 1991 with funds from the Providence St. Peter Foundation, the SAC has grown into a comprehensive ministry which provides:

  • Evaluations for both physical and sexual abuse for five Southwest Washington counties
  • Robust community education program focusing on prevention
  • Astro the service dog, who comforts and supports patients seen at the clinic
  • Washington’s first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, conducting forensic evaluations for adults at several area medical facilities
  • A key partner of the Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center

“This services is an outstanding example of Providence’s partnership with other organizations in the community, such as the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, law enforcement, and others,” said Coluccio.

In 2014, the center was designated as an exemplar program by American Nurses Association, recognizing it as an international best practice. The Sexual Assault Clinic has a long history of partnering with other organizations to improve practices, identify gaps, educate practitioners and assist programs to maximize the collaborative impact on sexual abuse and improve conviction rates while caring for the victims in a way that promotes healing.

Providence Centralia wins WSHA Achieving Best Care award

WSHA recognized Providence Centralia Hospital for its achievements in patient safety and quality. The award highlights success in a broad variety of safety and quality measures.

Jill Cooper, Vice President of Quality for the Providence Southwest Washington Region says the organization is committed to the implementation of evidence-based practices. Photo courtesy: Providence.

“These results reflect teams working together to improve patient care,” said Jill Cooper, Vice President of Quality for the Providence Southwest Washington Region, which includes Providence Centralia and St. Peter hospitals, and the Providence Medical Group in Southwest Washington. “We’ve committed to the implementation of evidence-based practices – those practices we know make a difference in the care of our patients.”

The award recognizes sustained improvements in:

  • Infections
  • Falls
  • Early Elective Deliveries
  • Sepsis
  • Pressure Ulcers

Top performers were defined as those achieving the highest scores in reducing patient harm in these areas.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to serve in the healing ministries of Providence,” added Coluccio, “and deeply committed to providing the best care possible for every patient in our communities.”

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