About Us

Providence Portland Medical Center is part of a not-for-profit network of hospitals, health plans, physicians, clinics and affiliated health services. We are recognized for excellence in patient care and research in areas such as cancer, heart, orthopedics, women's health, rehabilitation services and behavioral health.

We are committed providing compassionate, reliable and safe care. That’s why we continually implement quality initiatives that ensure our patients receive the absolute best care. Our  shows ours progress on five quality measures.

  • Krista Farnham, chief executive officer
  • Kendall Sawa, chief operating officer
  • Melissa Anderson, RN, chief nursing officer
  • Rich Koesel, MD, president, Providence Portland medical staff
  • Chelsea Sokolow, chief philanthropy officer
  • Gayland Looney, chair, Providence Portland medical foundation board

Providence Portland Medical Center is a 483-bed tertiary care facility located on Portland’s east side. Recognized as a Top 100 hospital and a Nursing Magnet hospital, Providence Portland combines the cutting-edge technology of a world-class research center with the intellectual rigor of an academic medical center and the patient-centered focus of a community hospital.

The hospitalists at Providence Portland Medical Center are defined by their commitment to their patients and to one another; you will not meet a more cohesive team of hospitalists. Their daily staffing consists of nine day-shift hospitalist physicians, two swing-shift physicians and two night-shift nocturnist physicians. 

Launched in 1999, the Providence Portland hospitalist program has enjoyed steady growth and consistent support from both the hospital administration and the physician community. The program is an integral part of the Providence Portland Internal Medicine Residency Program, where our hospitalists find ample opportunity for teaching.

Community benefit investments are one way Providence lives its Mission. For generations, we’ve offered a caring hand to those with the greatest need in our community.

In the past year, we devoted millions in community benefit to make sustainable improvements in the health of our diverse communities throughout Oregon.

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Community Health Needs Assessments

In the face of rapidly changing health care, our commitment to our Mission to care for everyone remains unchanged.

This ministry greatly depends on partnering with others in the community who are equally committed to doing good and improving the health of all. Together with community partners we conduct community health assessments to understand what our community needs are. Then with our partners, we identify the greatest unmet needs among the people in the communities we serve. These include lack of access to affordable care; lack of access to mental health services; poverty and homelessness; and barriers to healthy behaviors and disease prevention.

View CHNA Reports

Community Benefit snapshot

Learn how Providence Portland Medical Center is dedicated to improving community health.

Melissa Anderson, Chief Nursing Officer - Providence Portland Medical Center
Leadership

Melissa Anderson
Chief Nursing Officer
Providence Portland Medical Center

DAISY award
Magnet Recognition Program

Lead by Melissa Anderson, Chief Nursing Officer at Providence Portland Medical Center, Providence Portland Medical Center was designated as a Magnet organization in 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2020 by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.  This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services.

Just eight percent of the hospitals in the nation receive Magnet status. By meeting the rigorous criteria to achieve Magnet Status – PPMC became one of only 475 in the country achieving this recognition.

What does it mean to be a magnet facility? Magnet facilities have been shown to have more favorable outcomes:

For patients
  • Lower mortality rates
  • Shorter lengths of stay
  • Increased patient satisfaction
  • Lower disease-specific mortality rates
For nurses
  • Increased satisfaction
  • More appropriate RN mix
  • Perceived ability to give quality care
  • Perceived increases in productivity
For workplaces
  • Lower incidence of needlestick injury
  • Increased ability to recruit and retain nurses
  • Lower rates of nurse burnout
Nursing professional practice model

Nursing Professional Practice Model graphic for Portland Medical Center

Current as of January 2022
  • Employees of Providence Portland Medical Center: 3,609
  • Medical staff members: 1,633
  • Licensed beds: 483
Annual (2021 data)
  • Births: 2,471
  • Admissions: 17,465
  • Emergency department visits: 51,929
  • Average daily census: 329
  • Average inpatient length of stay: 6.88 days
  • Charity and unpaid community benefit costs: $84,743,000
  • Donations to Providence Portland Medical Foundation: $15,999,000
  • Volunteer hours: 13,943 (restricted due to COVID)