September 5, 2012 Mobile, Alabama—On Saturday, September 8, the normally placid “Lake Providence” will once again be the site of fierce but friendly competition as Providence Health Ministry holds its “Battle for the Paddle,” a canoe race to raise funds for St. Mary’s Home for Children.  Attendance is free and open to the public.

Event organizers promise a full morning of family-friendly activities, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding by noon.  “We’ll offer food, fun, music and lots of laughter,” said Todd Kennedy, system executive vice president and chief operating officer, who will personally take part in the competition.  Activities will be centered on large patio outside the hospital’s cafeteria.

“This event is an outstanding opportunity for the Providence community to help our friends at St. Mary’s Home, who do such a great job for children in distress,” said Clark Christianson, system president and CEO of Providence Health Ministry.

About Providence Hospital
Providence Hospital, a 349-bed facility and member of Ascension Health, cares for more than 14,000 inpatients and 160,000 outpatients each year. Providence Hospital is affiliated with M. D. Anderson Physicians Network®, a subsidiary of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center recognized as the nation’s leader in cancer care. Other specialized services offered at Providence include open-heart surgery, obstetrics, a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center and an Outpatient Center with dedicated outpatient diagnostic services and surgical suites. Providence has performed more open-heart surgeries than any other area hospital in five of the last seven years, and delivers more babies than any other private hospital in Mobile.

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