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Providence Portland Medical Center recognized nationally as "Top Hospital" for safety and quality

December 03, 2014
Providence Portland Medical Center has received national recognition for providing the highest level of safe and quality care. The Leapfrog Group named Providence Portland Medical Center to its annual list of Top Hospitals – the only hospital in Oregon to receive this distinction.

Providence Portland Medical Center Magnet Recognition Program site visit

December 02, 2014
The Providence Portland Medical Center was designated as a Magnet organization in 2005 and 2010 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. In January 2015, the Providence Portland Medical Center is applying for redesignation. 

First on the West Coast: Providence Portland honored for diagnostic imaging

November 17, 2014
Patients needing imaging services will find nationally recognized care at Providence Portland Medical Center. The American College of Radiology, or ACR, awarded Providence Portland the designation of Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence. This is only the tenth such award in the nation, and the first on the west coast.

Providence breast cancer patient takes final treatment as Wonder Woman

November 06, 2014

On Halloween, breast cancer patient Melissa Roy-Hart, aka Wonder Woman, allowed reporters to follow her to her final breast cancer treatment at Providence Cancer Center Oncology and Hematology Care Clinic – Southeast.

Integrative medicine for breast cancer patients

October 31, 2014
Providence Integrative Medicine Program offers complementary therapies such as acupuncture to help breast cancer patients cope and find relief.

Infectious disease protocols in place at Providence

October 20, 2014
Providence Health & Services is prepared with infectious disease protocols and for the possibility of managing both suspected and confirmed Ebola patients.

Newest robotic technology for cancer surgeries debuts in Portland at Providence Portland Medical Center

September 01, 2014
Robotic surgery is not a thing of science fiction – it’s been practiced for years now in many hospitals. But today’s robotic technology is getting even better, offering greater precision for even the most complicated cases.

Multimillion dollar grant improves access to cancer care and clinical trials

August 07, 2014

Cancer patients in Oregon, Washington and three other Western states will receive improved access to care and clinical trials as a result of a new $6.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program, or NCORP. 

Providence Laboratory Services offers Prosigna Breast Cancer Prognostic Gene Signature assay

July 31, 2014
This next generation diagnostic test has robust clinical validation coupled with a unique decentralized delivery model that will reduce turn-around time for results.

U.S. news: Portland-area Providence hospitals among Oregon's best

July 17, 2014

Patients visiting Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center receive some of the best care in Oregon, according to U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News' annual rankings.

Providence partners with well-known perinatology expert

July 08, 2014
Peter Watson, M.D., becomes medical director of perinatal outreach to help spread the word of Providence’s growing high-risk obstetrics and neonatal intensive care services.

Conquer Cancer Foundation honors Providence for excellence in clinical trials research

June 25, 2014

Providence Cancer Center is being honored nationally for its commitment to high-quality clinical trials programs. 

Providence tears down to build up

June 20, 2014

Giant teeth at the end of a long hydraulic arm on a huge machine took big bites out of the old Moore Lithograph building in northeast Portland this...

Providence Stroke Center meets the highest standards in care

June 13, 2014

Stroke patients treated at Providence Stroke Center receive some of the best care in the nation. Providence has made the 2012 Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

Ambulatory Surgery Center opens on Providence Portland Medical Center campus

May 30, 2014

Plaza Ambulatory Surgery Center, LLC, opened for business Thursday, May 30, on the Providence Portland Medical Center campus. The center is a partnership involving Portland physicians, Providence Health & Services – Oregon Region and Regent Surgical Health, Inc., which will serve as the management company. 

Providence Brain and Cancer Experts Begin First-In-World Novel Brain Tumor Vaccine Research Trial

May 05, 2014

Fourteen months. That’s the median life expectancy of someone diagnosed with high-grade glioma, the most common primary brain tumor in adults, even with the current standard of treatment. Providence Cancer Center researchers and a Providence Brain and Spine Institute neurosurgeon believe immunotherapy might change that statistic. 

Providence gets top honors from Leapfrog Group: More "A" grades than any other health system in Oregon

April 29, 2014
Providence hospitals are tops in Oregon in the latest Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score rankings. Four Providence hospitals received “A” grades –  more than any other health system in the state. 


Providence chefs mentor at-risk youth in and out of the kitchen

March 07, 2014
Spring finals are common for high school students, but most don’t include handling sharp knives, hot ovens, or require an eye for plating aesthetics. On Sunday, March 9, 18 teenagers will be putting all they have learned in a five-month, 80-hour culinary training program to the test by preparing and serving lunch for as many as 100 Employment Made Possible Youth Conference attendees:

Two Providence hospitals among the nation's best

January 16, 2014

Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center received “Top Hospital” honors from The Leapfrog Group.

The Joint Commission certifies Providence programs

December 30, 2013

Following a visit this month, the Joint Commission granted disease-specific certification for total hip replacement and total knee replacement surgeries at both Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. The Ventricular Assist Device Program, or VAD, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center has also been recertified after a separate visit by The Joint Commission. 

Experienced health care leader named chief executive of Providence Portland Medical Center

November 18, 2013

A Texas health care leader is bringing his belief in caring for the poor and vulnerable to Oregon to lead Providence Portland Medical Center. Paul Gaden will serve as chief executive of the 483-bed medical center with 3,100 employees and 1,200 medical staff members.

The Flu shot: Who should get it, how it works and why it won't make you sick

September 26, 2013

This week's "What's Going Around" segment on KOIN-TV focused on the flu vaccine--who should get it, how it works and why it won't make you sick.

New screening process for ovarian cancer hopes to promote early detection of a "silent killer" disease

September 19, 2013

With breast cancer, you feel a lump and know to get it checked out. But with ovarian cancer, it’s a silent killer, with few specific symptoms in early stages. Usually by the time there are symptoms, the disease is more advanced. Will a new screening process being studied be able to detect the disease at an early, and more treatable stage?

How to detect symptoms of anxiety and depression in women

September 12, 2013

Carrie Milligan, M.D., answers questions about how to detect the symptoms of depression and anxiety, how both are treated and why they are more prevalent in women in this segment on KPTV.

What's Going Around: Lice prevention and treatment knowledge

September 12, 2013

In this What’s Going Around segment on KOIN News, Dr. Vanessa Vanderpool talks about lice – how to avoid it, and how to treat it. With kids back in school, this is a good time to brush up on your lice prevention and treatment knowledge.

What's Going Around: Kids and Heat

September 11, 2013

When you’re having a heat wave, would you know how to recognize the signs of heat stroke in children – and know what to do? Dr. Annie Mack from Providence Medical Group-The Plaza offers advice for keeping your kids safe from overheating.

Answers to common questions on the role of genetics in breast cancer

September 03, 2013

The role of genetics in breast cancer have been the subject of much debate, but what does that information mean for you?

Providence provides support for families of patients with cancer

August 29, 2013

Providence Cancer Center's Family Program support group serves families struggling with cancer, regardless of whether we treat them.

Guest housing reaches halfway mark

August 21, 2013

Providence Portland Medical Center reaches its halfway mark in fundraising efforts to build a new 30-room guest housing facility for visiting families.

How to protect kids from sun risks

May 22, 2013

Brush up on your sun smarts with tips from Dr. Kristin Stevens, medical director of Providence Medical Group - Dermatology, in this article from the Oregonian.

Providence Cancer Center first in nation to offer unique trial treatment for lymphoma patients

May 21, 2013

People with B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukemia have a unique opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research at Providence Cancer Center.

Providence Portland Medical Center parking lot upgrades

May 16, 2013

Providence Portland Medical Center will be upgrading two surface parking lots during May 29-July 31, 2013.

Providence cancer research gets boost from Fred Meyer shoppers and employees

April 02, 2013

The donation is a result of the store chain's third quarter employee giving campaign and all the coins collected in the checkout lines at Portland area locations.

Grant enhances dental experience for special needs children at Providence

March 20, 2013

Children with special needs will have it a little easier in the dentist’s chair at Providence Child Center, thanks to a $25,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Wound healing symposium April 13

March 19, 2013

Providence Portland Medical Center hosts wound care symposium for clinicians.

NIH grant furthers promising metastatic melanoma clinical trials for Providence Cancer Center patients

March 15, 2013

Patients with advanced melanoma are getting a boost from work being done at Providence, thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Portland Business Journal reports Providence's cancer team making strides

March 11, 2013

In the past 20 years, Providence has contributed to several significant breakthroughs in cancer research.

Chest Watch - bringing science education to life

March 04, 2013

Providence School Outreach hosted more than 125 high school students for a live “Chest Watch” surgery as Dr. John Handy performed an initial lung thoracoscopy and then lobectomy on a life-long smoker.

Providence offers comprehensive oral, head and neck cancer care at new clinic

February 08, 2013

Unique to the Northwest, the new multidisciplinary clinic bridges the gap between medicine and dentristry for patients with oral, head and neck cancers.

Neurology services expand in Portland

January 29, 2013

Providence Neurological Specialties-East has opened in the plaza building on the campus of Providence Portland Medical Center.

Providence pioneering technology to help ALS patients breathe

January 16, 2013

The first ALS patient in Oregon to received a new device, implanted by Providence, to improve breathing and extend quality of life tells his story.

Lung cancer screening comes of age

January 16, 2013

Advanced imaging now leads to earlier detection and better outcomes. Which of your patients will benefit most from annual screening?

Early-phase clinical trials open new opportunities

January 16, 2013

Providence's involvement with the International Immuno-Oncology Network, along with other early-phase studies, is broadening treatment options for patients with advanced cancers.

A month of giving adds up as Safeway battles cancer with Providence

January 14, 2013

Funds from Safeway's "round up" at the checkout counters will be divided among four areas of breast cancer research at Providence.

Two grants benefit oral cancer research

January 10, 2013

Providence researchers will focus on biomarkers and vaccines to help fight the disease.

Providence Festival of Trees magic brings hope of cancer research miracles

December 29, 2012

For three decades, Providence Festival of Trees has been the premier holiday event in Portland. This year, the 30th anniversary was a true celebration of the season.

Providence cancer research laboratory receives major grants

December 06, 2012

Research scientist Keith Bahjat, Ph.D., recently received two grants supporting work on immunotherapy.

Providence breast centers honored with prestigious accreditation

December 05, 2012

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, or NAPBC, recognizes excellence at Providence for providing care to patients with diseases of the breast.

How nurses can help fight childhood obesity

November 26, 2012

Tara Arnold, RN, BSN, CPN, an in-patient pediatric nurse at Providence Portland Medical Center, in Portland, Ore., is fighting childhood obesity on many levels. Within the hospital she has done presentations to help nurses assess pediatric patients and has trained staff on scripting for discussing weight-related matters with patients.

New Chief Operating Officer Begins at Providence Portland Medical Center

November 16, 2012

Krista Farnham has joined Providence Portland Medical Center as chief operating officer.

Providence Orthopedic Institute joins joint replacement registry

October 25, 2012

To help ensure the best possible patient experience, Providence has joined the American Joint Replacement Registry.

Guest housing celebration

October 10, 2012

Donors and friends of Providence gathered on Sept. 20 to celebrate progress on the Providence Portland Guest Housing project.

News from China on new transformational approach in oncology

September 27, 2012

Bernie Fox, Ph.D., speaks at annual meeting in China about a new approach to determine immune response to tumors.

eOncology Report: Treating HPV-related cancers

August 29, 2012

Read about this and more in Providence Cancer Center's summer clinical newsletter.

Hundreds join historic cancer prevention study

August 21, 2012

Cancer Prevention Study-3 is a historic nationwide effort to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

Lung cancer pilot study begins

August 20, 2012

Providence begins work on national lung cancer collaborative

eNeuro: Seeing scans through a microscope?

July 18, 2012

Read about this novel invention and more in Providence Brain and Spine Institute’s summer clinical newsletter.

TeleParkinson’s checkup saves time and money

July 12, 2012

See how telemedicine is helping people with Parkinson's disease get checkups without having to travel long distances to see a specialist in Portland.

Pennies, nickels and dimes add up to $500,000 as Safeway customers and employees help Providence battle breast cancer

May 08, 2012

Safeway customers and employees in Oregon and Southwest Washington raised $500,000 for breast cancer awareness, treatment and research at Providence.

Woman Uses Stroke Experience to Educate Others

May 02, 2012

When Martha Hoskins planned her lunch with Joan Chapman, she had no idea that a robot would help save her life.

eNeuro: Rethinking the cause of back pain

March 26, 2012

Read about this and more in Providence Brain and Spine Institute's spring clinical newsletter.

eCardioVascular Beat: PAD guidelines get an update

February 06, 2012

Read about this and more in Providence Heart and Vascular Institute's spring clinical newsletter.

Providence cancer research gets a boost with MedImmune agreement

December 02, 2011

The biotech company will fund further OX40 research developed by Providence scientists.

Lung Cancer interview with Rachel E. Sanborn, M.D.

November 22, 2011

Dr. Sanborn discusses the prevalence, treatment and outcomes for lung cancer.

Thoracic surgery program joins care study

November 07, 2011

Providence will participate in a national phase II study testing whether standardized, evidence-based care for lung cancer surgery will improve patient outcomes.

Providence cancer researcher earns two-year award

November 07, 2011

William Redmond, Ph.D., received the 2011 V Scholar Award from The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Providence head and neck surgeon to receive national honor

November 04, 2011

R. Bryan Bell, M.D., DDS, FACS, will receive the William F. Harrigan Society Award for his contribution to oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Providence selected for nationwide immunotherapy network

October 24, 2011

Providence Cancer Center is among North America's top research institutions invited to join the national Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network.

Get In Gear with 16th Annual Providence Bridge Pedal – And Finish on the Timbers’ Home Field

August 03, 2011

Bikes, bridges and a bonus event are in store for the 16th annual Providence Bridge Pedal and Providence Bridge Stride.

National “Most Connected” Honors for Providence Portland Medical Center

July 21, 2011

U.S. News and World Report has named Providence Portland Medical Center one of the most connected hospitals in the nation.

Music-thanatology celebrates 10th year

July 05, 2011

Using Celtic harps, specially trained music-thanatologists play for end-of-life patients, alleviating pain and emotional distress.

Introducing Providence Heart Clinic at The Oregon Clinic Gateway

June 27, 2011

Providence Medical Group cardiac services expands with the addition of an east-side Portland cardiology group.

New way to treat stroke

May 20, 2011

Providence neurologists are testing a promising new procedure that could potentially change the way bleeding strokes are treated.

Dr. Alicia Ross shares lessons that all woman need to know about heart disease.

May 11, 2011

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Alicia Ross, M.D., emphasizes the importance of knowing the warning signs of a heart attack.

Dr. Jody Welborn explains why we need to "know our numbers."

April 19, 2011

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Jody Welborn, M.D., explains the key numbers that are used to gauge heart health.

Alexandra Malusevic fights for her life and her baby's...

April 02, 2011

Twenty-nine weeks pregnant and with tire tracks across her body, she begins an odyssey of horror and hope as she tries to recover while protecting her unborn child.

Work to reduce stroke mortality bears results

March 10, 2011

Oregon’s stroke death rate has fallen from the fifth highest in the nation to No. 12, according to recent statistics. 

Colorectal Cancer Awareness AM Northwest 03/2011

March 01, 2011

Dr. Todd Crocenzi, medical director, Providence Gastrointestinal Cancer Program, and a colorectal cancer survivor discuss the benefits of screening on KATU's AM Northwest.

Providence Thoracic Surgery Program medical director receives award

February 22, 2011

Medical director of Providence Thoracic Surgery Program, John R. Handy, M.D., HonD, was the recipient of the Oregon Thoracic Society Outstanding Clinician Award for 2011. Dr. Handy has been a resource and inspiration to many, as a dedicated Thoracic Surgeon in Oregon. Dr. Handy has been a leader in developing processes and protocols for patients who require Thoracic Surgery. He has been a leader in publishing his surgical outcome. He leads a Thoracic Oncology Conference and is available to physicians outside the metro area.

A difficult disease made gentler

November 26, 2010

For Larry Atkins, doctor visits rarely bring good news, but his mood on this Tuesday is buoyant. Of the 10 specialists and therapists who examined him in a half-day marathon of appointments atProvidence ALS Center, each reported that he seemed to be doing pretty well.

Providence Earns National Honors for Excellence In Heart And Stroke Care

August 31, 2010

Awarded to hospitals that provide patients with sustained, high quality care.

Dr. R. Bryan Bell begins new Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program

June 01, 2010

Read about our new medical director, R. Bryan Bell, M.D., D.D.S, F.A.C.S.

Gamma rays stop tumors without surgery

January 01, 2010

Oregon’s Gamma Knife technology, Perfexion, offers faster, more accurate treatment of complex brain and neck tumors and lesions without invasive surgery.