Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center

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Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center
Providence Health & Services
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Location Oregon City, Clackamas County, Oregon, United States
Coordinates 45°21′23″N 122°35′11″W / 45.35639°N 122.58639°W / 45.35639; -122.58639Coordinates: 45°21′23″N 122°35′11″W / 45.35639°N 122.58639°W / 45.35639; -122.58639
Care system Medicare/Medicaid/Charity/Public
Hospital type General
Affiliated university None
Emergency department Acute[1]
Beds 143
Founded 1954
Lists Hospitals in Oregon

Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center (Willamette Falls) is a not-for-profit acute care hospital operated by Providence Health & Services in Oregon City, Oregon, United States. Established in 1954 as Doctors' Hospital, the hospital moved to its current location in 1961 and has 143 licensed beds at its 243,000-square-foot (22,600 m2) facility. Willamette Falls also operates several medical offices and clinics outside of Oregon City in other parts of Clackamas County. Previously known as Willamette Falls Hospital, the hospital merged with Providence in 2009.


Hutchinson General Hospital was started in 1918 in Oregon City as a maternity hospital.[2] In 1954, Hutchinson was purchased by eight doctors who turned the hospital into a non-profit facility and changed the name to Doctors' Hospital.[3][4] They then worked to raise capital to build a new hospital, culminating in the opening of Willamette Falls Community Hospital in 1961.[3] In 1985, the hospital opened an immediate care clinic as well as hospice care.[3] They built an off-site medical office building in Clackamas in 1988.[5] Willamette Falls added a new birthing center in 1990[6][7] and a 44,000-square-foot (4,100 m2) medical building in 1995.[3] A health education center opened in 2000, along with a $10 million renovation to the surgical department.[3]

A second medical building was added in 2002, followed by a redesign of the main entrance in 2005.[3] The hospital was sued in 2004 by the Arc of Oregon over claims the hospital refused to treat some patients with mental disabilities.[8] In May 2005, the hospital announced plans to build a $7 million medical center in neighboring Canby,[9][10][11] with construction beginning in June 2006 on the center that would include an urgent care clinic and imaging.[12] The hospital opened a new emergency department in January 2006 that expanded the emergency room to 19 beds at a cost of $20 million.[13] The clinic opened in June 2007.[14] The hospital reported an operating loss for the third consecutive year in 2007.[15]

In November 2008, the hospital announced plans for the next 20 years that included an expansion that would nearly double the size of the facility.[16] Later that month, the hospital looked to merge with Providence Health & Services.[17][18] The two organizations signed an agreement to make the merge happen in May 2009, with a planned completion to occur before the end of 2009.[19][20] After the Oregon Attorney General approved the merger, the hospital joined Providence on October 1, 2009, and was renamed as Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center.[21]


The 143 licensed hospital bed center is accredited by The Joint Commission and employs over 750 people, with over 300 doctors with privileges.[18][22][23] Services at the 243,000-square-foot (22,600 m2) facility include general surgical and medical, ICU, an emergency room, birthing center, hospice, obstetrics, MRI and CT imaging, and oncology among others.[22][23] In addition to the main hospital, the group operates a medical clinic in Canby and an immediate care center in Oregon City.[22] The hospital is a non-profit organization managed by a 15 person board of directors.[22]

In 2006, the hospital had a net loss of $48,000 on gross patient revenues of $138 million with $1.5 million in charity care.[24] In 2007, the center staffed 91 hospital beds and had 137,325 outpatient visits, as well as 27,432 emergency room visits.[25] That year there were 1,447 surgeries and 1,115 babies born at the hospital.[25]

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  1. ^ State of Oregon DHS (April 20, 2009). "Oregon Trauma Hospitals" (pdf). State of Oregon. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  2. ^ McCarthy, Dennis. "After 5312 years on job, it might be time to retire", The Oregonian, September 13, 2007, Metro Southwest Neighbors p. 21.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Our History. Willamette Falls Hospital. Retrieved on May 13, 2009.
  4. ^ Schmidt, Brad. “Hospital builds on its 50 years”, The Oregonian, October 28, 2004, South Zoner p. 1.
  5. ^ “Hospital to add medical facility in Clackamas”, The Oregonian, May 15, 1988, p. E9.
  6. ^ McCarthy, Linda. “Birthplace opens at Oregon City hospital”, The Oregonian, January 19, 1990, p. E2.
  7. ^ Brinkley, Pam. “Storks hover, awaiting OK to touch down at birthplace”, The Oregonian, October 9, 1989, p. B2.
  8. ^ Tsao, Emily. “Federal suit filed against hospital”, The Oregonian, October 26, 2004, p. B2.
  9. ^ Moody, Robin. “Willamette Falls Hospital to build medical complex in Canby”, Portland Business Journal, May 2, 2005.
  10. ^ Kadera, Jim. “Hospitals ramping up to serve growth”, The Oregonian, November 24, 2005.
  11. ^ Mayes, Steve. “Willamette Falls plans medical center for Canby”, The Oregonian, May 26, 2005, South Zoner p. 1.
  12. ^ Medical center under construction in Canby”, Portland Business Journal, June 26, 2006.
  13. ^ “Hospital revamps emergency department”, Portland Business Journal, December 30, 2005.
  14. ^ Thomas, Kristine. “Health center will bring after-hours care closer”, The Oregonian, June 28, 2007, Metro South Neighbors p. 16.
  15. ^ Moody, Robin J. “Hospitals struggle, but most still make money”, Portland Business Journal, August 17, 2007.
  16. ^ Miner, Colin. “Hospital expands its vision for the future”, The Oregonian, November 13, 2008, Metro South Neighbors.
  17. ^ “Providence to acquire Willamette Hospital”, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 20, 2008, p. B2.
  18. ^ a b Miner, Colin. “Promising prognosis Willamette Falls Hospital, Providence talk merger”, The Oregonian, November 19, 2008.
  19. ^ Miner, Colin. “Willamette Falls Hospital joins Providence”, The Oregonian, May 8, 2009.
  20. ^ "Willamette Falls Hospital joins Providence", Portland Business Journal, May 8, 2009.
  21. ^ Miner, Colin (September 23, 2009). "Kroger signs off on Oregon City hospital joining Providence system". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  22. ^ a b c d Facts At A Glance. Willamette Falls Hospital. Retrieved on May 13, 2009.
  23. ^ a b Hospitals Directory: Willamette Falls Hospital. U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved on May 12, 2009.
  24. ^ Hospital Financial and Community Benefit Reporting: Financial Data, 2006. Oregon Health Policy and Research. Retrieved on May 13, 2009.
  25. ^ a b Nemer, Jerry. Databank 2007. Oregon Health Policy and Research. Retrieved May 13, 2009.

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