The roots of Providence Healthcare Network go back to 1904 when a local physician and several local businessmen asked the Daughters of Charity to build a hospital. Founded in the 17th century by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, the Daughters have dedicated themselves to expressing God’s love through serving the sick, poor and vulnerable. Knowing there were no funds available to facilitate this request, the Daughters responded, “Providence will have to provide.” God did provide and Providence Sanitarium opened in 1905 as Waco’s first hospital. With a team of over 2,300 associates, physicians and volunteers, Providence is now one of the largest employers in Waco, offering a comprehensive continuum of care to the greater Waco community, throughout their lifetime.
Providence is part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S, and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In Texas, Ascension operates Providence Healthcare Network and Seton Healthcare Family, which includes Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and another 120 related clinical facilities.
|Number of associates|| 2,251 *(updated March 2017)|
|Inpatient surgical visits||3,723|
|Inpatient psychiatry stays||19|
|Open heart surgeries||190|
*Data as of July 2016 unless otherwise noted.
Community Service & Charitable Care
Serving Texas for 114 years, Ascension is a faith-based health care organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Across Texas, Ascension provided more than $910 million in community benefit and charity care in fiscal year 2015.
Reinventing Health Care to Serve Patients
Providence is dedicated to delivering the best care possible with the dignity and respect that everyone deserves. We call that Humancare. It means that we don’t just treat patients – we care for people.