About Us

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is renowned for its many centers of excellence, including Providence Heart Institute, Providence Brain and Spine Institute and Providence Center For Health Care Ethics, among others. Its maternity services are also highly regarded.

Each year, about one of every seven babies born in Oregon is delivered at Providence St. Vincent – more than any other medical facility in the state.

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is home to the world's most advanced operating room suite for brain tumors, with the West Coast's only movable intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging.

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.

  • Jennifer Burrows, chief executive officer
  • Sherri Kulink, chief operating officer
  • Elizabeth Paxton, chief nursing officer
  • Raymond Moreno, MD, chief medical officer
  • Douglas Shumaker, MD, president, Providence St. Vincent medical staff
  • Kevin Finn, executive director, Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation
  • Don Vollum, president, Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation council of trustees

Providence St.Vincent Medical Center is a 523-bed tertiary care facility on the west side of the Portland metropolitan area. It is one of the country’s 100 Top Hospitals and was the first hospital in Oregon to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service. The hospital is home to a premier cardiac care and research program, a world-class biomedical laser research facility, and Oregon’s first nationally certified stroke center.

The Providence St. Vincent hospitalist program is the most complex and innovative of our five programs. In addition to a traditional adult-medicine service, this program provides a pediatrics service and has piloted work in skilled nursing facility care and in peri-operative co-management. Daily hospitalist staffing includes seven day-shift adult-care physicians, two day-shift medical/pediatric physicians, two swing-shift physicians, a night-shift nocturnist, and a night-shift pediatrician.

As an important part of the Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency Program, our hospitalists enjoy many opportunities 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.

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Community Benefit snapshot

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

Michelle James, BSN, MBA, RN profile image

Elizabeth Paxton PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

As Chief Nursing Officer, it is my privilege to virtually welcome you on behalf of the 1,600 nurses at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center to our ministry. Nurses at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center have proudly served the Portland community for nearly 150 years, continuing the distinguished legacy of compassion and service, established by the Sisters of Providence.

Nurses at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center comprise our largest workforce and are integral members of our interdisciplinary health care team. Their opinions are valued and sought in decisions regarding patient care, the systems that support care delivery, and the environment in which care is provided. As a center of nursing excellence and five-time ANCC Magnet designated facility, nurses at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center utilize evidence-based interventions to provide every patient with the highest quality care, upholding the Providence promise to “know me, care for me, ease my way”.

As a member of our executive team, I strive to understand the challenges nurses face every day and ensure they have the tools and resources to do their best work. This is accomplished through rounding, town halls, and our robust shared decision-making structure in which we partner together to improve care for patients and their families.

Each and every day I am privileged to bear witness to the skill, compassion, innovation, and teamwork of the nurses who truly live our mission each and every day. We are proud to serve our community and thank you for entrusting us with your care.

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Nursing professional practice model

Nursing professional practice model for St. Vincent Medical Center