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Snapshot: National Faith-Based Hospital Chains Operating with Small Oregon Footprints

Two major Catholic chains and another affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church report a stable year in Oregon, changes outside the state
June 8, 2016

This week The Lund Report is looking at hospitals owned by very large faith-based nonprofits that all have a relatively small footprint in Oregon. Adventist Health operates a large hospital in Portland and a small one at the coast. Catholic Health Initiatives and Trinity are major players elsewhere in the U.S., but run relatively small and rural hospitals in Oregon.

Click here for an in-depth examination of these chains’ Oregon hospitals.

Catholic Health Initiatives

Founded in 1996 when four Catholic health systems merged, Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives has grown to become one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems. It operates 103 hospitals in 19 states, and has assets totaling $23.7 million, making it the nation’s second-largest nonprofit healthcare system. Yet CHI has a small presence in Oregon, with just two hospitals in the state: Mercy Medical Center, and St. Anthony Hospital

Trinity Health

Trinity Health – a name adopted in 2014, after previously going by CHE Trinity Health – has 92 hospitals, up from 86 a year ago, and hundreds of health facilities spread across 21 states. With $20.4 billion in assets, Michigan-based Trinity is just slightly smaller than CHI – and in Oregon, its footprint is similar to the larger nonprofit. Each operates two hospitals in the state.

Adventist Hospitals

Adventist has health programs across Hawaii, Washington, California and Oregon. Its Oregon hospitals are Adventist Medical Center in Portland, and Tillamook Regional Medical Center at the coast.

Adventist Medical Center serves east Portland, an area where low- and moderate-income households are moving as gentrification spreads in the central city. Like many hospitals across the state, Adventist Medical Center acts as a hub within a network of clinics and health facilities. It is currently looking for new sites to expand its outpatient care offering in the Portland metro area, and has hired a Texas consultant to aid in that search.

Courtney Sherwood can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @csherwood.