Providence Foundation

About Us

Our Mission

To secure philanthropic gifts from generous benefactors to assist Ascension Providence in its pursuit of excellent and innovative healthcare. Our initiatives reflect our commitment to faith-based healthcare and the tradition of the Daughters of Charity for quality, respectful, reliable and compassionate services.

Our Purpose

Since 1993, Providence Foundation has worked with our generous philanthropic community to invest in the health of Central Texans by supporting Ascension Providence’s mission and ministry.

Our Impact

  • More than $36 million raised since 1993
  • Serve 8 Counties and over 430,000 friends and neighbors
  • Provide over $22 million in charity care each year
  • Offer a full continuum of care with 24 clinics, three Express Care Clinics, a mental health facility, a full service senior living facility, our Breast Health Center, an advanced MRI Center as well as our acute care hospital.
  • Over 15,000 mammograms performed and 1,000 babies delivered each year
  • Leader in heart health with more than 10,000 open heart surgeries, 100 TAVR procedures and 50 Watchman Device Implants

Our History

For more than 115 years, Ascension Providence has sought to serve Central Texas by providing the best healthcare possible right here at home. Over the past 27 years, the Providence Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the hospital, has secured over $36 million through generous donations to invest in the future of healthcare for our community. It is our goal to bring the most skilled clinicians as well as the most advanced healthcare to Waco, allowing our friends and neighbors to get the best care right here at home.

The Providence Foundation was founded in 1993 to assist Providence Hospital in its commitment to serve all persons in the community through spiritually centered, holistic care. We serve as the philanthropic arm of Ascension Providence today, raising funds and awareness within the community in order to operate and advance Ascension Providence’s mission and ministry.

Ascension Providence’s Mission

Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, we commit ourselves to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable.

Our Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals and our community. We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.

Providence Foundation Team

Jana Whitaker
Executive Director
(254) 751-4640
jana.whitaker@ascension.org

Paige Corley
Associate Director of Development
(254) 751-4717
paige.corley@ascension.org

Robyn Trippe
Director of Development
(254) 751-4490
robyn.trippe@ascension.org

Kimberly Atteberry
Executive Administrative Assistant
(254) 751-4762
kimberly.atteberry@ascension.org

Our Board of Trustees

-Executive Committee

Gary Young, Chairman
TYMCO, Inc.

Sloan Kuehl, Vice Chairman
The First National Bank of Central Texas

Diane McEachern, Treasurer
Retired, UBS Financial

Scott Rogers, Treasurer
Alliance Bank Central Texas

Kitty Tunmire, Secretary
RET-KAT Foundation

Johnny Mankin*, Immediate Past Chairman
Retired, Time Warner Cable

Philip Patterson
Ascension Providence President 

Elisa Rainey*
Rainey & Rainey, Attorneys at Law, LP

Miguel Romano
Ascension Texas Foundation’s President

Board Members 

Penny Aynesworth*
Community Volunteer, Philanthropist

Brian Bivona
Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell, P.C.

Rodney A. Brown, M.D.
Waco Cardiology Associates

Chris DeCluitt
The Sovereign Corporation

Virginia Dupuy*
Dupuy Oxygen & Supply

Trish Griffin
Kelly, Realtors

Cindy Hayes*
Higginbotham & Associates

Kent Keahey**
Retired, Ascension Providence President

Rodney Kroll
BancorpSouth

Tim Martindale, M.D.*
Martindale Family Medicine Clinic

Ed Page
Retired, H-E-B

Margaret Ratliff
Community Volunteer, Philanthropist

Rodney Richie, M.D.
Retired, Palliative Care, Ascension Providence

Charles Shoultz, Jr., M.D.
Retired, Waco Cardiology Associates

Kim Stevens
Blue Scout Media & Waco Social

Jeff White, M.D.
Waco Radiology Associates

Gloria Young*
Community Volunteer

*Life Member
** Founding Member, Life Member