Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

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Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Providence Health & Services
Providence St. Vincent's Hospital.JPG
LocationWest Haven-Sylvan, Washington County, Oregon, United States
Coordinates45°30′36″N 122°46′18″W / 45.510°N 122.7718°W / 45.510; -122.7718Coordinates: 45°30′36″N 122°46′18″W / 45.510°N 122.7718°W / 45.510; -122.7718
Care systemMedicare/Medicaid/Charity/Public
Hospital typeGeneral
Affiliated universityNone
ListsHospitals in Oregon

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, is a non-profit, acute care teaching hospital in West Haven-Sylvan in the Portland metropolitan area in the state of Oregon, United States. The hospital was founded in 1875 by the Sisters of Providence, a Roman Catholic sisterhood from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[2] It is Providence Health & Services’s largest Oregon hospital.


Original St. Vincent Hospital building in Portland, c. 1910.

Dedicated on July 19, 1875, it was the state's first permanent hospital,[3] founded in the Northwest district of Portland, Oregon, by the Sisters of Providence, a Roman Catholic sisterhood from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[2]

In January 1971, the original campus in northwest Portland was closed and the current facility opened in Washington County.[4] On January 31, 1971, the hospital used in-part large military buses capable of carrying 18 stretchers at a time to transport patients to the new hospital building.[5] The facility at that time had a single, 13-story tower that consisted of seven floors of patient rooms.[5] The new building had 400 hospital beds, while the old hospital had 420 beds.[5]


In 2004, the hospital was one of three in Oregon named by Solucient as a top 100 hospital in the United States.[6] In November 2009, the employees at the hospital, in conjunction with Medline Industries, produced the "Pink Glove Dance" video (set to "Down") to raise awareness of breast cancer, with the video going viral on the Internet and making national news.[7][8]

In October 2015, work began on a four-year, $85 million remodeling of the nine-story main hospital building, which was built in 1971.[9] Along with seismic retrofitting and modest expansion, the project will add a new aluminum exterior over the building's existing exposed-concrete surface, greatly changing its appearance when completed.[9]

Programs and institutes[edit]

St. Vincent has specialized programs including Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, Oregon Medical Laser Center, Providence Multiple Sclerosis Center, and Providence Stroke Center. The hospital is licensed for 523 beds, and has over 3,500 employees. There are approximately 1,647 medical staff. Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is also one of four nursing magnet hospitals in Portland, the others being Providence Portland Medical Center, Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, and the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center.[10]


  1. ^ "Providence St. Vincent Medical Center".
  2. ^ a b "Providence in the West: A Timeline, 1856-1902". Sisters of Providence. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Frank, Gerry (April 16, 1993). "Friday Surprise: Times may be a-changin' but names often retained". The Oregonian. pp. A22.
  4. ^ Goetze, Janet (June 19, 2006). "Patients make move from old hospital to new". The Oregonian. pp. B2.
  5. ^ a b c Sullivan, Ann (December 13, 1970). "St. Vincent Plans Move". The Oregonian. p. 53.
  6. ^ “Business Briefs: Providence Milwaukie listed as a top hospital”, The Oregonian, June 3, 2004, South Zoner, p. 2.
  7. ^ McKenzie, John (November 30, 2009). "Pink Glove Dance Video Spreads Breast Cancer Awareness". ABC News. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  8. ^ Kirk, Jessie (November 26, 2009). "Everyone's getting 'down' with Providence's pink glove dance". Beaverton Valley Times. Archived from the original on November 29, 2009. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
  9. ^ a b Appleton, Eric (October 29, 2015). "$85 million remodel begins at St. Vincent". Beaverton Valley Times. pp. A1, A9. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
  10. ^ "ANCC List Of Magnet Recognized Hospitals". Retrieved 2017-06-18.

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