People of Providence - Meet Marian O. Hodges
Meet Marian O. Hodges, M.D., MPH
Medical director, Providence Senior Health
Bain Chair, Geriatric Medicine, Providence in Oregon
The Providence Mission of caring for the poor and the vulnerable spoke to me and was the deciding factor for me to care for older adults here rather than at another health system. To me, our elders are among our most vulnerable. I wanted to work someplace where that care mattered.
What's your favorite part of working at Providence?
Providence has always been about the people - from my patients and families to my clinic and hospital co-workers. That's why I've stayed here my entire career of more than 25 years. It has been my family away from home.
What are your hobbies?
I love to cook, along with reading novels. For recreation, our family backpacks and hikes, and we also subscribe to the Portland Opera.
Who are your mentors?
Dr. Mark Rosenberg, former director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Providence Portland Medical Center, has guided and supported me unflaggingly from my first day here. I have had other mentors and many advisors, but Mark has been my touchstone all along, and I owe him so much.
What is your dream for Providence in Oregon?
I dream constantly about how we can make care for older adults easier to access, more seamless from one place to the next, more caring and more affordable. Our Senior Health Program is working tirelessly to make these things happen. I particularly dream about this for everyone with dementia and their families.
Why does philanthropy matter to your work?
Philanthropy has made a tremendous difference in my work, starting with support for a book I co-wrote with Anne Hill, "Help is Here: When someone you love has dementia." Proceeds from the book go back to the Providence Foundations and support our work in Senior Health.
The Providence Foundations and many donors have believed in our vision to transform care for seniors and their families. Donor support breaks down barriers and makes new care possible.
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