Legacy Health

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Legacy Health
not-for-profit healthcare,
not-for-profit hospitals
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon
WebsiteLegacy Health

Legacy Health is a non-profit hospital system located in Portland, Oregon, United States.[1] It consists of six primary-care hospitals and allied clinics and outpatient facilities. The system employs about 10,000 staff members, and is the second-largest system in the Portland metro area, after the Providence Health System.


The beginnings of Legacy Health date to 1875 with the foundation of Good Samaritan Hospital. Meanwhile, Emanuel Hospital started in 1912, which in 1971 joined with the Physicians & Surgeons Hospital to form Metropolitan Hospitals in order to build Meridian Park Hospital.[2][3] Also in 1971, Emanuel purchased Gresham Community Hospital, which later became Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.[2]

Metropolitan Hospitals then became a holding company for the hospitals in 1983, and renamed itself to HealthLink in 1985.[4] Holladay Park Hospital had joined the group by then, and closed in 1994. Physicians & Surgeons Hospital had started in 1945, and in 1986 became CareUnit Hospital of Portland for alcohol dependency treatments, which closed in 1987.[5][6] In 1989, HealthLink and Good Samaritan Hospital merged to create Legacy Health System.[2] It was renamed in 2010 as Legacy Health.


The system's hospitals are: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Silverton Hospital[7][better source needed], and Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Oregon, and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Washington. In the Spring of 2017 Legacy opened the Unity Center for Behavioral Health.[8]

Legacy hosts several specialized institutes and research centers, including Legacy Cancer Institute, the Legacy Devers Eye Institute, the Legacy Weight and Diabetes Institute, the Legacy Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon, the Legacy Oregon Burn Institute, the Legacy Biomechanics Laboratory, and the Robert S. Dow Neurobiology Laboratories.

Legacy's hospitals and related services are accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO).

Recent controversies[edit]

In February 2018 two former nurses at Unity Center for Behavioral Health filed suit against Legacy, claiming they were fired from their jobs after complaining about their safety.[9] In April 2018, State safety officials reported reviewing hospital records of over 500 patient - on - staff assaults over a ten month period.[10] In June 2018 friends of Chloe Sagal said she "spent two days sitting in triage at the Unity Center; she was never properly hospitalized." After being released, Sagal committed suicide.[11]


  1. ^ "Portland and Vancouver-based Hospital Clinics". Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Emanuel 100". Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Legacy Health. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Corporation to serve 2 satellite hospitals". The Oregonian. May 13, 1971. p. 29.
  4. ^ "Hospital Reunion". The Oregonian. October 18, 1987. p. 126.
  5. ^ "The news in brief". The Oregonian. July 29, 1987. p. A3.
  6. ^ Silverton Hospital
  7. ^ "New center aims to be a mental health crisis ER". KATU.com. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Two Unity mental health nurses say violent patients choked staff, broke bones". The Oregonian. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Oregon OSHA dings Unity Center for unreported assaults". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Woman who set self on fire in Portland park remembered as 'brilliant and tortured' artist". The Oregonian. Retrieved 11 July 2018.

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