Communities We Serve

Oregon has 59 community hospitals and three specialty hospitals located in 36 counties. They represent a mix of general (also called "acute care"), as well as pediatric, long-term care, and bahavioral health services. More than half of Oregon's hospitals are in rural areas. Not only are Oregon's community hospitals a source of healing for the sick, but they are also a significant source of family wage jobs, which help power the Oregon economy. In 2014 (the most recent data available), hospitals had 10.6 million outpatient visits, 1.34 million emergency room visits, delivered 44,254 babies, employed almost 60,000 people, and provided nearly one-quarter of the funds needed for the state's Medicaid program.

Patient Care

  • About 340,000 patients received inpatient care at acute care hospitals in 2014
  • More than 10.6 million patients received outpatient care in 2014
  • There were more than 1.34 million visits to hospital emergency departments
  • The top five reasons for hospital stays were:
    • Births
    • Knee joint replacements
    • Bloodstream infections
    • Mental health issues
    • Digestive disorders

Contributions to Oregon's Economy

Oregon community hospitals both directly provided and helped support over 117,000 jobs to Oregon communities in 2015—or 1 in 20 jobs, according to the most recent data available in a new study conducted by ECONorthwest.

  • Over 62,000 Oregonians are directly employed by Oregon’s community hospitals and over 55,000 jobs are associated with hospitals.
  • Hospital-related jobs account for 4.9 percent of the state’s total employment
  • Oregon hospitals directly accounted for $9.6 billion in economic output in Oregon in 2015.
  • Hospitals directly generated approximately $258 million in tax and fee revenue for state and local jurisdictions in 2015. State and local governments collected another $295 million in taxes from businesses that supply goods and services to hospitals.

Community Benefit

Community benefits are health care-related services that Oregon's community hospitals provide, often with little or no compensation, to address the critical health needs of their communities. Hospitals spent more than $1.9 billion in community benefit and charity care in 2015. To learn more about hospitals' commitment to community benefit, click here.

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