Legacy Health System strives to create a legacy of positive health in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. A not-for-profit provider of health care services in Oregon and Washington, the health system operates about half a dozen hospitals, including Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, all founded by a variety of secular organizations. Legacy Health has more than 1,100 total beds and its facilities provide such services as acute and critical care, behavioral health, and outpatient and health education programs. It also operates home health, hospice, and research facilities; emergency transportation helicopters; and a number of regional clinics and labs.
Legacy Health System operates six hospitals, more than 50 outpatient clinics, and a number of hospice, research, and diagnostic facilities in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. It has three hospitals located in Portland, as well as one each in Gresham, Oregon; Tualatin, Oregon; and Vancouver, Washington.
Legacy Health System provides inpatient care to about 55,000 visitors each year. The organization provides about $250 million in community care, including non-reimbursed medical services and community outreach programs. Its Legacy Medical Group includes 300 affiliated physicians operating about 20 primary care clinics in the region, as well as a number of specialty care centers in fields such as obstetrics, pediatrics, cardiology, neurology, and orthopedics. It also oversees a team of 100 hospitalists, who supervise hospital stays for patients with conditions in fields such as internal medicine, pulmonary care, geriatrics, and palliative care.
In addition to providing medical care, Legacy Health System partners with government and commercial entities to conduct medical research studies.
Legacy Health System reported a 7% increase in revenue to some $1.3 billion in 2012, marking several straight years of rising revenues due to organic growth.
However, increased operating expenses and factors such as lower net gains have hurt the organizations profits. Legacy Health System reported a 23% decline in net income to some $67 million in 2012.
The company is focused on improving its existing hospitals. A major project was completed to add pediatric and acute care capacity at the Emanuel Hospital with the opening of a new, nine-story Randall Children's Hospital facility in 2012. Legacy Health completed emergency, outpatient surgery, and clinical laboratory expansion efforts at its Mount Hood Medical Center in 2010, and in 2011 it opened a new patient floor at the Salmon Creek Medical Center, adding about 50 beds. It also opened a new cardiac care center at its Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in 2013.
Legacy Health is also concentrating on opening new general care and specialty clinics, partly through partnerships with area physicians. The addition of new clinics is designed not only to service the needs of small communities, but also to ensure that referrals from area doctors help to sustain its nearby hospitals. The organization expanded its presence in western Portland in 2013 by opening two new outpatient care centers; the clinics provide pediatric, orthopedic, diagnostic, and sports medicine services, among others.
The company was founded through the 1989 merger of HealthLink and Good Samaritan Hospital.