Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

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Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Legacy Health
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Legacy Emanuel Medical Center is located in Portland, Oregon
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Location Portland, Oregon, United States
Coordinates 45°32′36″N 122°40′16″W / 45.543344°N 122.671001°W / 45.543344; -122.671001Coordinates: 45°32′36″N 122°40′16″W / 45.543344°N 122.671001°W / 45.543344; -122.671001
Care system Private, non-profit
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Level I[1]
Beds 554[2]
Founded 1912[2]
Website www.legacyhealth.org/locations/hospitals/legacy-emanuel-medical-center.aspx
Lists Hospitals in Oregon

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center is a medical facility located in Portland, Oregon, United States. Founded in 1912, it is a part of Legacy Health. The facility is home to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center, Randall Children's Hospital, the Life Flight Network (MEDEVAC)[3] and is a Level I trauma center. The 554-bed facility provides a full range of services including conventional surgery, radiation treatment, high risk patient care and others.[4]


Established as Emanuel Hospital in 1912 and started by Rev. Carl J. Renhard of First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Portland. A misspelling of the name 'Immanuel' occurred and was not discovered until all official documents had been signed as 'Emanuel'. The decision was to retain the 'official' name even though misspelled. The first location was a three-story Victorian home on Southwest Taylor Street.[5] In December 1915, the hospital moved to a new building it constructed for $20,000 at Stanton and Commercial Streets in Albina, its current location.[6] At that time it had 135 beds.[7] Emanuel added a new, four-story nursing school residence in 1921 at a cost of $60,000.[8] A $280,000 expansion to the hospital opened in February 1926, with the old building then being converted to a maternity ward.[9]

In 1971, Physicians & Surgeons Hospital and Emanuel formed Metropolitan Hospitals, Inc. as a joint venture to build what became Legacy Meridian Park Hospital.[10] After becoming a holding company for the hospitals in 1983, the group became HealthLink in 1985.[11] At that time the group operated Emanuel, Mount Hood Medical Center, Meridian Park, Holladay Park Medical Center, and Physicians & Surgeons Hospital.[11] In 1988, Emanuel becomes one of only two Level I trauma centers in Oregon.[5] The next year, HealthLink and Good Samaritan Hospital merge to create Legacy Health System.[5]


Legacy Emanuel's campus includes center for burn treatment, urology, trauma, and neonatal care. The Trauma Center was designated as a Level I trauma care facility in 1988 by the state of Oregon.[12] Emanuel's campus also includes The Children's Hospital.

Oregon Burn Center[edit]

Legacy’s burn unit treats around 300 patients each year. The burn center is one of only a few in the country with a Total Contact scanner that is used to create masks for severe facial burn victims to aid in the recovery process.[13]

Randall Children's Hospital[edit]

Randall Children's Hospital tower

Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel is located on the main hospital's campus, connected to, and directly north of Legacy Emanuel Hospital.[2] It includes a neonatal unit for newborns.[14] Randall Children’s Hospital includes a cancer treatment center with services such as neurology and neuro-oncology, and a separate emergency services department for children.[15][16] Located on the campus is a fifteen bedroom Ronald McDonald House that opened in 1997 and provides low cost housing for parents of children receiving care at the hospital.[17] The current home of Randall Children's Hospital is a nine-story building that was completed in February 2012. The $242 million expansion started in 2010 and ranks as Portland's costliest development on the inner east side since reconstruction of the Lloyd Center shopping mall nearly 20 years before.[18] In 2011, Randall Children's hospital received its current name, which replaced its former name of The Children's Hospital, because of a $10 million donation from the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust.[19]

Nurse training center[edit]

Legacy opened the Carl Peterson Clinical Nursing Education Center at the hospital in 2005. The training center has a number of simulation labs designed for the training and assessment of nurses. The education center is also intended to serve as a resource for training all staff not just nurses.[3][20]

Accreditation and recognition[edit]

In April 2007, the hospital was named to the 2007 Honor Roll of The Center for Companies That Care in recognition for its working environment and contributions to the community.[2]

Legacy Emanuel is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Verified Trauma Centers". Trauma Programs. American College of Surgeons. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center". Legacy Health System. April 12, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-03-25. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Life Flight Frequently Asked Questions". Archived from the original on 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  4. ^ Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
  5. ^ a b c "Emanuel 100". Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Legacy Health. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "City News in Brief". The Oregonian. December 22, 1915. p. 11. 
  7. ^ "Portland Hospital Invite Public to Inspect Facilities on National Hospital Day, May 12". The Oregonian. May 10, 1925. p. 56. 
  8. ^ "Activity in Hospital Construction Places Portland in High Rank Among Cities in Alleviating Human Suffering". The Oregonian. January 2, 1922. p. 15. 
  9. ^ "Hospital Addition Dedicated Today". The Oregonian. February 28, 1926. p. 30. 
  10. ^ "Corporation to serve 2 satellite hospitals". The Oregonian. May 13, 1971. p. 29. 
  11. ^ Rubenstein, Sura. Emanuel Hospital receives top status as a trauma center. The Oregonian, April 23, 1988.
  12. ^ Colburn, Don. Skintight therapy. The Oregonian, April 25, 2004.
  13. ^ Davis, Joel. Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital. The Oregonian, March 16, 2002
  14. ^ Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital adds medical directors. Portland Business Journal, February 25, 2005.
  15. ^ Children's cancer center at Emanuel adds neurology services. Portland Business Journal, May 15, 2003.
  16. ^ Fitzgibbon, Joe. Volunteers help make McDonald House a home. The Oregonian, March 31, 2003.
  17. ^ "New Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital is centerpiece of a $242 million expansion". The Oregonian. October 17, 2010. 
  18. ^ Siemers, Erik (September 21, 2011). "Randalls donate $10M, name to Legacy children's hospital". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  19. ^ Legacy opens new training center. Portland Business Journal, June 2, 2005.
  20. ^ Legacy awarded accreditation. Portland Business Journal, August 14, 2001.

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