A brush with Major League Soccer

You never know who you might run into at the airport, especially at Los Angeles International. I was on my way home from meeting with our team at Saint John’s in Santa Monica today when I ran into the Portland Timbers, who happened to be returning from last night’s match in LA with Chivas USA.

We got to talking about the Oregon partnership between Providence and the Timbers, and they had nothing but positive things to say about the work we’re doing together to promote health and wellness in the community, such as the new 9,000 square foot soccer field we built for kids in North Portland and our health and fitness days event that drew more than 12,000 youth. I can tell these guys really enjoy giving back to the community and working with young people. But they especially wanted to tell me how much they love the physicians and caregivers at our sports medicine and orthopedics center in the stadium.

Because I’m so new to social media and blogging, I have yet to get myself to take “selfies” with people I meet. But it just so happens that as I was talking to the Timbers, someone from Oregon emailed me a picture of new highway signage to the soccer stadium in Portland, which is now named Providence Park.

Providence Park crop

Next best thing to a selfie with the Timbers: New highway signage to the Portland home field, now named Providence Park.

The timing of the email was coincidental, or providential as some might say, a literal and figurative sign of how connected we are in the communities we serve.


  1. We’d love to see some selfies, Rod! 🙂

  2. Nice story about the soccer team! And thanks for sharing the picture. Hope you enjoyed your stay down here. Saint John’s is a beautiful hospital. Things are going great with their Risk Management department.

    Randy Haynes
    Regional Claims Manager
    Burbank, CA

    • Thanks, Kendra and Randy. I appreciate the comments because sometimes you never know what will be of interest to read.But I figure it’s not every day you run into the Timbers in the airport, and it was nice to catch up with them about how they think the partnership is going. Randy, glad to hear things are going well with the risk departments.

  3. Great story, thank you for sharing!