Sisters of Providence to consolidate administrative offices in Renton
Sisters of Providence will move their administrative offices in the first quarter of 2008 to Renton, Wash., where they will share a building complex and services with the System Office for Providence Health & Services. Since January 2000, when Mother Joseph Province was formed by combining the former St. Ignatius and Sacred Heart provinces, the religious community has had provincial offices in Seattle and Spokane.
The discussion about a single administrative site, as requested by the sisters of the province, has been going on for some time, but the decision of PH&S to leave the Smith Tower in Seattle's Pioneer Square speeded up the process. "However, our choice for Renton is the fruit of our own listening, prayer and consensus," said Margaret Botch, Provincial/Leadership Team Coordinator. "We are confident that this decision will enhance our leadership and administration with greater efficiency, but even more with a stronger presence and communication."
The new address in Renton is 1801 Lind Avenue SW. The decision to consolidate administrative staff there is not a decision about the operations at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane, where many retired sisters live, Sister Margaret said. There are plans for a study of the future of that building at a later time.