As you are heading South on Broadway from North Everett, you can’t help but be confronted with the sheer volume and size of the new twin towers of Providence Hospital. Serving the citizens of Everett since 1905, Providence has been a cornerstone of the health care system of Snohomish and King Counties.
A century ago, however, the hospital could be characterized as something much more humble. The Sisters of Providence purchased the Monte Cristo Hotel for the grand sum of $50,000.00. Remember this was at a time when the average take home pay was on $449.00 per year! So the purchase price was a hefty sum for the Sisters of Providence, but they were committed to creating a hospital here in Everett.
The first year of operation, eleven sisters and a couple of other employees hosted 75 beds for over 400 patients. The edict was to always treat the poor whether they could pay or not for medical services, and that tradition remains in effect today. No patient is ever turned away, and they will treat anyone regardless of their ability to pay. They still, however, run a very efficient organization, and that does not mean they will be taken advantage of either.
Back in 1894, another community hospital was founded and it was called Everett General. This hospital prospered and grew just like it’s cross town sister Providence. It is ironic that one hundred years after its creation, it merged with Providence. Now the campuses are managed under the same Sisters of Providence.
It might be easy to take Providence for granted but it has been rated one of the best hospitals in the region and the citizens of Everett definitely have a special resource in their back yard.
If you’d like to check out a brief but very interesting film on Providence, just scroll down the front page of Everett Source, and click on the providence video.