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Human trafficking is a crime against humanity; health professionals are a critical lifeline for victims

We may think slavery is a thing of the past. But today and every day, an estimated 30 million women, children and men are the victims of human trafficking all over the world. Many are forced into prostitution and domestic servitude. Some are child soldiers or child brides. Others are coerced into inhumane working conditions. There are many forms of human trafficking but essentially it is a modern form of slavery in which individuals are held against their will and deprived of their basic freedoms.

Our top health care predictions for 2018

As we start 2018, Providence St. Joseph Health is preparing for another big year for health care. Today, we shared our predictions for what to expect from the industry this year. See our announcement below.

Mental health and addiction: A conversation with Maureen Bisognano

I always enjoy the opportunity to speak with Maureen Bisognano, president emerita of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Throughout her distinguished career, she has helped improve the quality and safety of health care all over the world.

Thank you for a year of compassion and generosity

It is such a blessing to work for an organization where you don’t have to look far for inspiration. I find it every day in the 111,000 caregivers of Providence St. Joseph Health 

To everyone who is part of our diverse family of organizations, thank you for all you do to make your corner of the world a better place. Thank you for bringing love and kindness to every encounter you have with others throughout the day and for sharing your gifts with all of us and those we serve.

Serving rural communities through technology

Besides higher education, health care is one of the last bastions to fully enter the digital age. There are so many ways we can use technology to improve the quality of care and the health of our communities while also making services more convenient, affordable and accessible for everyone.

Together, we raised over $1 million for disaster relief

Note this post was updated Dec. 14, 2017 to include a thank you letter from the Red Cross. See below.

From the wildfires that scorched the Western U.S. to the hurricanes that battered the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean, this has been a year of one cataclysmic natural disaster after another. We saw entire communities destroyed in the blink of an eye, rendering countless individuals vulnerable, with nowhere to go and without basic necessities.

Talking health care with Chris Little of KFI AM Radio in Los Angeles

Recently I had the opportunity to chat with Chris Little, news director for KFI AM Radio in Los Angeles, about the future of health care. We spoke in-depth about who Providence St. Joseph Health is and how we’re working with our diverse family of partners to be a strong voice for the poor and vulnerable, and ensure everyone has access to high-quality, affordable health care

Gratitude for our caregivers for making the world a better place

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I want to take a moment to wish you all a warm and happy holiday. I personally have many blessings to count in my life, and I am especially grateful for the 111,000 caregivers who are part of the Providence St. Joseph Health family.

Introducing the many faces of Medicaid; Share your story

Medicaid has been a lifeline for millions of Americans since it began in 1965. Yet, the program is not widely understood. There are many stereotypes and myths about who benefits from it. And to further confuse matters, it sometimes goes by different names in different states.

California wildfires: Our caregivers need your help

The wildfire situation in California, especially Northern California, remains perilous. We have confirmed that 39 of our caregivers in Napa and Sonoma counties have lost their homes.  Many more have been evacuated, and it’s possible that total home loss for our caregivers could swell to 200.  Meanwhile, in Southern California, we have had numerous evacuations in Anaheim, where many of our caregivers have been forced to leave their homes.

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Rod Hochman, M.D.

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