Ascension Providence Fact Sheet


The roots of Ascension Providence 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 Ascension Providence Sanitarium opened in 1905 as Waco’s first hospital.  With a team of over 2,300 associates, physicians and volunteers, Ascension Providence is now one of the largest employers in Waco, offering a comprehensive continuum of care to the greater Waco community, throughout their lifetime.

Ascension 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 Ascension Providence 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)
Employed physicians64
Credentialed physicians535
Licensed beds242
ER visits70,648
Outpatient visits127,883
Inpatient surgical visits3,723
Inpatient psychiatry stays1,153
Babies born1,490
Open heart surgeries190

*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

Ascension Providence is dedicated to delivering the best care possible with the dignity and respect that everyone deserves. It means that we don’t just treat patients – we care for people.