In celebration of its 100th anniversary, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center will be featured in a six-month exhibit at the Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society. People and their stories are the heart and soul of Legacy Emanuel. The hospital is looking for people whose lives have been touched by an experience with the hospital that can be featured in the exhibit.
Since 2008, Legacy Emanuel physicians have treated 268 Deschutes County residents. If you were born, saved or trained at Legacy Emanuel, your story is welcome.
Known as ?Emanuel Hospital? when it opened in 1912, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center hoped to minister to both the spiritual and physical welfare of the sick and injured. Legacy Emanuel has been the site of medical innovations in the decades since, with advancements in neurosurgery, burn treatment, critical care and maternal fetal medicine.
Born at Emanuel At times, from the mid-1930s to the 1960s, one in every three babies in Portland was born at Emanuel. During that era, the director of maternity took the revolutionary step of separating maternity from the rest of surgery to prevent infection of newborns and to establish equipment and a location especially for maternity. Now, approximately 1,800 babies are born every year at Legacy Emanuel.
Saved at Emanuel The Legacy Emanuel Trauma Program has treated more than 53,000 patients since it started in the early-1980s. The program has been used as a model worldwide, and doctors continue to come to Emanuel to learn about advances in caring for traumatic injury.
The Oregon Burn Center opened at Emanuel in 1973. It remains the only burn center between Seattle, Sacramento and Salt Lake City.
Five years later, Emanuel helped to create Life Flight. It became the first hospital-based emergency helicopter on the West Coast. When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, Life Flight delivered patients to Emanuel.
Trained at Emanuel From the first day the doors opened, leaders at Emanuel have embraced the importance of training the next generation of health care workers. The Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing opened in 1912. Although the school of nursing closed in 1974, alumni from that school maintain an active membership across the country, including nurses still working at Legacy Emanuel today.
The first four medical interns began in 1927. There are approximately 270 physician residents currently training on the Legacy Emanuel campus. The specialties vary from internal medicine to pediatrics to trauma.
Legacy Emanuel has a long tradition of caring for the spiritual as well as physical needs of its patients. For more than 60 years, approximately 700 students from different religious traditions have trained at the graduate level as chaplains at Emanuel. They are currently serving all over the United States and Canada.
How to Submit Story A story from each category will be featured in a special exhibit at the Oregon History Museum that opens this July. There is a 300-word limit per story. You may enter more than one category. Email your story to email@example.com; mail to Public Relations at Legacy Emanuel, 2801 N. Gantenbein Ave., Portland, OR, 97227; or visit www.legacyhealth.org/emanuel100.
About the Oregon Historical Society The Society has served since 1898 as Oregon?s primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon?s history through a museum, research library, traveling exhibits, school programs and website content. www.ohs.org