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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.

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.

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 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.

Providence St. Vincent recognized for outstanding stroke care

June 13, 2014

Stroke patients who are treated at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center receive some of the best care on the nation.

Water never tasted so good

May 22, 2014

Maria Vargas, RN, loves the new infused water offered at Providence St. Vincent’s Eatery. “I even bought a special container from our gift shop for the water,” Maria says. “It has the Superman symbol on it, because I’m a super fan of the water!” 

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 St. Vincent receives national honor for excellence in clinical care

April 28, 2014

Patients visiting Providence St. Vincent Medical Center receive some of the best care in the nation. That's according to VHA, Inc., the national...

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:

Magnet designation puts Providence St. Vincent among elite medical centers around the world

February 20, 2014

“Providence St. Vincent is a role model for health care organizations around the world.” That’s what Deb Zimmerman, chair of...

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. 

Public Notice: Magnet Recognition Program Site Visit

October 30, 2013

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center was designated as a Magnet organization in 2000, 2004, and 2009 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center

Providence’s new Neurocritical Care Unit

September 26, 2013

Providence now offers a new, 12-bed neurocritical care unit at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

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?

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?

Immediate care or ER? Here are some tips for knowing which is best for you

August 29, 2013

Knowing when an immediate care center or the emergency room is best for you or your child's situation can be difficult, but knowing the facts will allow you to make the best choice possible.

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.

Providence pumps up a benefit to new moms, thanks to health reform

August 09, 2013

Providence has decided to make breast pumps available with direct insurance billing and no copay through all of its lactation clinics in the Portland area.

Kids and summer injuries: Emergency or immediate care?

July 25, 2013

Being a kid during the summer means playing outside – but the great outdoors can also expose your child to injuries, allergic reactions, severe sunburns and more. Do you go to the emergency room or immediate care?

Free youth heart screenings for children age 12 to 18

May 31, 2013

Chances are your child's heart is healthy – and yet a small percentage of young people have hidden heart defects that put their lives at risk, especially during physical exertion. For parents of children age 12 to 18, you may want to consider getting your child screened for free.

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 Health & Services opens a pediatric intensive care unit at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

April 30, 2013

They are our community’s most critically ill children – and now, Providence has expanded its ability to care for them.

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.

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.

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is recognized for outstanding spine and neurosurgical care

March 11, 2013

Becker's Hospital Review has named Providence St. Vincent Medical Center as one of 100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs.

Stage IV cancer patients get a new outlook on life

February 18, 2013

Two cancer support group facilitators are nominated "Everyday Hereos" for terminally ill cancer patients.

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.

Vote to help Providence's My Little Waiting Room win $25,000

November 12, 2012

Portland’s Amy Paterson is among ten women named by L’Oreal Paris as a 2012 Women of Worth honoree — for her work establishing Providence’s My Little Waiting Room. Your daily vote for Amy could help us win $25,000 to bring drop-in child care to more families.

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.

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Honored As Consumer Choice Winner

October 22, 2012

Health care consumers in Portland consider the care they receive at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center the best of the best. For the 11th year, Providence St. Vincent is being recognized as a National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award winner among hospitals in the Portland area.

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.

Pacific Northwest Multiple Sclerosis Registry

August 08, 2012

Pacific Northwest Multiple Sclerosis Registry - an ongoing research project.

Before brain surgery, a couple weds at Providence

August 01, 2012

The trip to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center wasn’t on the schedule. Neither was the wedding. But all that changed for Jamie Amos and Jonathan Tafoya

Please note:

July 21, 2012

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is NOT in the affected area for the Portland Water Bureau's west side "boil water" alert. More information is available from the water bureau.

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.

Life-long epilepsy patient now seizure-free

July 12, 2012

Pankaj Gore, M.D., removed a small, benign growth in a patient’s brain that was discovered by new imaging technology.

Research offers great hope for advanced melanoma patients

June 06, 2012

Providence Cancer Center researchers study a unique approach, combining radiation and immunotherapy treatments.

Tips for Dads and Those Who Love Them: Providence Experts Offer Health Insights for Men

May 19, 2012

Fatherhood doesn’t come with an instruction manual. New mothers tend to get more coaching and advice during pregnancy and after birth, sometimes leaving dads feeling less than prepared.

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.

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.

Providence and 91-year-old patient make heart history in Oregon

February 07, 2012

An internationally trained team of heart experts implanted a collapsible Sapien heart valve in a patient at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

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 physician is the only Oregonian to be named an "Innovation Avisor."

January 06, 2012

Shelley Shoepflin Sanders, M.D. was the driving force for implementing an early warning system that helps save patents’ lives.

Lifesaving project lands Providence physician first "Innovation Advisor" selection from Oregon

January 06, 2012

Providence’s Shelley Schoepflin Sanders, M.D., is the only Oregonian to be named as an “Innovation Advisor” to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation by the Center for Medicare Services.

Dr. Gluckman comments on heart attack readmission rates in ABC News coverage.

January 05, 2012

Ty Gluckman, M.D., comments on a recently published study that reports a higher readmission rate among U.S. heart attack patients.

Heart failure patients get new option

January 04, 2012

The Joint Commission certifies the center's destination therapy services, enabling greater access to long-term LVAD therapy for suitable patients.

Providence to be only site in Oregon for revolutionary heart valve procedure

November 19, 2011

Patients with advanced heart disease and limited treatment options will soon have access to the most progressive cardiac care procedure in the world at Providence Heart and Vascular Institute.

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’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Receives National Honor

October 31, 2011

Studies show one of the best ways to keep from having a second heart attack is to hit the treadmill after the first. A strong cardiac rehabilitation program can make a lifesaving difference.

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.

National Quality, Patient Recognition for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

October 18, 2011

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center earns top honors for quality and consumer feedback. The American College of Surgeons presented their award for...

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.

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.

New Providence center focuses on treating valve disorders

June 23, 2011

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute launches a new program to provide the latest treatments and best outcomes for patients with advanced heart valve disease.

Providence St. Vincent Receives Statewide Award for Work on Reducing Infections and Blood Clots

May 31, 2011

Patients at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center are reaping the benefits of clinical staff determination and hard work – and that work has now been recognized with a statewide award.

Doctors: Diet could help prevent Alzheimer's

May 24, 2011

What you eat could help prevent or even delay the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

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.

What's the deal with relaxation drinks?

May 09, 2011

Relaxation drinks are the latest craze- drinks that contain sleep-inducing ingredients.

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. 

A new use for telestroke technology: a mother meets her newborn son

February 08, 2011

A complication during labor separated a mother from her newborn, as her baby was rushed to a NICU 20 miles away.

My Little Waiting Room

February 07, 2011

Amy Paterson was 34 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As she underwent subsequent treatment, the mom of a toddler son was confronted with the problem that so many cancer patients who are also parents face: finding child care that would allow her to get to all of her necessary medical appointments.

Cancer Survivor Putting Child Care in Hospitals

December 30, 2010

When Amy Paterson was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, she not only had the fight of her life. She also found her calling.

Tigard woman delivers her own baby -- as her husband is driving her to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

December 28, 2010

Jennifer Scharffenberg knew it was time to go. Expecting her second child, the 31-year-old stay-at-home mom had felt infrequent labor pains Tuesday night. By Wednesday morning, they were more intense and about a minute apart. Scharffenberg and her husband Erik, 40, rushed out the door of their Tigard home, got in the car and headed toward the hospital at about 5 a.m.

Pediatric neurologist Parvez Pohowalla, M.D., explains a seizure controlling treatment

November 26, 2010

A nerve stimulator implanted into a 15-year-old seizure patient's chest has worked to control seizures when medications had stopped working. His mother says it has been more than a year since his last seizure.

Providence celebrates with NICU "graduates"

October 27, 2010

The annual event gives families a chance to share experiences and reconnect with the NICU staff. The fun-filled celebration included face painting, a photo booth, games, snacks and prize drawings.

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.

Drs. Rohrer and Gore, co-medical directors, explain our intraoperative MRI

November 01, 2009

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is home to the world’s most advanced operating suite for brain tumors.