Getting ready for the Hood to Coast Relay

People often ask me what I do for fun outside of work. Aside from spending time with my family, I’d say one of my major pastimes is running. It’s a great way to relieve stress, enjoy the outdoors and stay in shape.

Knowing I like to run, some of our caregivers in Oregon invited me to join them for the annual Hood to Coast Relay this August. Providence is the title sponsor of the event, and proceeds benefit our cancer center in Portland.

Our 12-person team will cover 199 miles from Mt. Hood to the Oregon Coast. I’ll be training for the event all summer, so if you spot me arriving or leaving work in running shoes and shorts, you’ll know why.

HTC Providence Team

Team Providence at last year’s finish line.

Providence’s involvement in this event makes sense on many levels. It fits with our journey to become a wellness and prevention focused organization, as well as our core strategy of creating healthier, communities together. The race starts in a community served by Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and ends in a community served by Providence Seaside, not to mention that it runs through the heart of our Portland service area.

Hood to Coast Route

The course runs through Providence service areas and ministries. (A little hard to read, but you get the picture.)

The Oregon team tells me one of the best parts is that all throughout the course, people take the time to mention that their children were born at Providence or their loved ones were cared for by us. It shows how much of a pillar we are in the community and the role we play in the lives of so many people.

I’d love to hear about the work your regions are doing to promote health and wellness locally and engage with your community. Feel free to chime in to the comments section below.

Reflecting on the Boston Marathon
On a related note, the Boston Marathon was held a few days ago. As I think back to the tragic events of last year, I am reminded of the heroism of the first responders and medical professionals who rose to the occasion to serve the victims of the explosion. They are an inspiration. Their commitment to responding to crisis and serving those in need is a reminder of why many of us got into health care in the first place.

Before I sign off, I thought I’d share this tweet about one of our pediatric nurses Lesley Zimkas crossing the finish line in Boston this week. Congratulations to Lesley and any other Providence marathoners who participated in the big race. What a feat.

  1. Lisa – Thanks for inviting me to be part of your team. Really looking forward to it. Hashtags, that’s something else I need to learn. Maybe you can coach me on that during the relay. 🙂

  2. Bernie/Theresa – Wow, 20 marathons! Impressive. I like that you’re thinking about how we can promote caregiver wellness. That’s a big part of our “inspire and develop our people” strategic pillar. I’ll keep everyone posted on how the relay goes. Maybe I’ll see you there next year. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Hi Rod~ I and my PR/marketing teammates welcome you to the team. We’re excited you’re joining us. We had a BLAST last year! We encourage you to use the hashtag #teamprovidence when posting about training runs – and you can follow our posts that way, too.


  4. Loved this story about the Providence Hood to coast run! I’ve run 20 marathons, never did a relay but absolutely must do this one in 2015. I vote for a Providence caregivers running group! Not just this region, all over. We have 2 hospital campuses here in Everett,I’ve often thought it would be fun to do a campus to campus “run with the scrubs”,it might motivate those that are intimidated by large mileage to just get started. It would show the community our committment to have fun as we serve. Just some thoughts from one Providence runner to another Providence runner. Have a fabulous run in August ! Bernie RN NICU Providence Everett.