Providence Portland Medical Center provides advanced, patient-centered care in one of Oregon's largest health care facilities. With more than 64,000 emergency room visits and 23,000 hospital admissions every year, PPMC continued to grow in 2008 with the opening of its new 11-tower state-of-the-art Cancer Center. This facility houses the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, which is one of the nation's most prestigious cancer translational research centers that supports the efforts of internationally recognized scientists.
Other acclaimed centers include The Gamma Knife Center of Oregon, Providence Child Center, Oregon Osteoporosis Center, Providence Acute Rehabilitation Center, Providence Arthritis Center at Providence Portland Medical Center, and Providence Heart and Vascular Institute's Heart Clinic/Heart Transplant Program. These and other resources for advanced treatments allow Providence Portland to provide tertiary care services for patients across Oregon and surrounding states. Many services do not exist in any other Portland healthcare facilities.
Although well versed in high technology, Providence Portland emphasizes that patients always come first. Its vision statement echoes our patients' requests to "Know me, care for me, and ease my way." In response to these needs, health care programs are integrated across the inpatient and outpatient settings as patients receive personalized care in our community and home care services, large primary care physician network, and residency clinics. This integration requires seamless sharing of health care information between treatment sites, which is supported by comprehensive health information technology. The 5-state Providence Health & Services system has an integrated advanced medical record system in EPIC, which will maintain Providence's leadership in healthcare information technology. Integrated inpatient and outpatient records across the entire healthcare system facilitates quality patient care and provides great opportunity for clinical research.
Our Mission requires highly trained and dedicated caregivers. Nurses at Providence Portland have been recognized as being among the nation's best with the hospital's designation as a Nursing Magnet Hospital. This recognition is bestowed upon an elite group of only two percent of American hospitals.
Being a leader in technology and patient-centered care also requires respect for patients' rights and recognition of the limitations of medical science's ability to cure. Providence Center for Health Care Ethics is widely respected as a leader in clinical ethics consultations, palliative care education, and the promotion of diversity in healthcare. Other Providence Portland programs recognize the diversity of healthcare needs among our diverse population of patients. Providence Women's Health, Providence Brain Institute and Providence Portland Medical Center's Hospitalist Program ensure that patient care needs are recognized and addressed in systems of care that are high-quality, safe and effective.
In support of these broad services, medical education trains the doctors of the future in an innovative environment that emphasizes life-long learning, evidence-based medicine, and professionalism. Many graduates of the Providence Portland residency program now serve as leaders in Providence Health & Services five-state health care system.