Best Regional Hospitals 2014 – Northwest

The first in our series of best regional hospitals and medical centers across the United States. This post will focus on Hospitals in the Northwest, namely, Oregon, and Washington. Community medical centers make up an integral part of our health system. We’d like to take an opportunity to highlight some of the best in the country.

For the purposes of this series, we’d like to borrow the definition of Chuck Lauer, former publisher of Modern Healthcare, writing for Becker’s Hospital Review: “For purposes here, I’d like to put the emphasis on “community.” An academic medical center can serve an entire region, and a healthcare system can blanket many states, but a community hospital needs to remain firmly anchored to its roots –– the people it serves. Local businesspeople sit on its board, the hospital is the nexus for local healthcare services and the CEO speaks regularly at the Lion’s Club.” 

These will be listed by state, in alphabetical order. If you see your organization on here, and notice an error or inaccurate reporting, please feel free to let us know in the comments.


Oregon Regional Hospitals and Medical Centers:


Oregon Health and Science University Medical Center:

Beds: 572

Hospital Visits: 31,513
Physicians: 159 (1,513 Nurses)


US News & World Report’s Best Hospital Portland 19 years consecutively. Ranked on US News Best Children’s Hospital. Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. Postdoctoral Fellowship for Cardiovascular Research and Translational Science Grant. Received $191 Million from NIH. 2012: Received $359 million in grants. Since 1887, Oregon Health and Science University has grown into a renowned medical facility dedicated to treating patients and training medical staff. OHSU employs over 13,000 employees, providing job opportunities within the medical field that do not require a medical degree. Annual Operating Budget has increased from $340 Million in 1996 to $2.06 Billion in 2012, a trend which indicates OHSU’s continual growth and precedence in the medical world.


Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center

Operating Revenue: $1,365,160 (for Legacy Health).
Beds: 248.
Hospital Visits (Annual):

Ranked 2nd on U. S. News & World “Best Hospitals in Oregon”. Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center has become the fourth hospital to receive 12 Gold Seal of Approvals from the Joint Commission (first hospital to receive 6 Gold Seals for heart care). Because Legacy is a non-profit hospital, it reinvests in itself and provides millions in donated care every year, offering care that transcends financial limitations.




Providence Portland Medical Center:

Charity and unpaid community benefits cost – $75 million.
Beds:483 .
Employees: 3,160 (1,200 medical staff).
Avg daily census: 281.

Ranked 7th in SDI’s “100 Most Integrated Health Care Networks. Ranked as a “Solucient Top 100 Hospitals”. The Portland branch of Providence Health has focused on cancer and cardiac care, while maintaining the Gold Standard in Patient Safety and Quality accreditation from ACR. U.S. News has awarded 7 high performance awards including cancer, nephrology, and geriatrics care.



Providence St. Vincent Medical Center:

Annual Community Benefits Value $52 Million.
Beds: 523.
Hospital admissions, annual: 28,984 (2012)


Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credential Center. Thompson Reuters Top 100 Hospital.
Grants: NIH grant ($144,855) for study of metastatic melanoma. Providence St. Vincent, also a part of Providence Health, has been selected as a Top 100 hospital by Solucient 10 times. St. Vincent’s is the largest of the Providence Health facilities, which attracts nurses, due to it being a nursing magnet hospital (one of only three in Oregon).


Washington Regional Hospitals and Medical Centers


University of Washington Medical Center:

Total Rev: $3,984 (in millions, 2012).
Beds: 450
Employees: 4,383 (1,829 Physicians)
Clinic Visits, annually: 300,487 (2012)

Excellence in Transplant Care (2-Silver level awards, HRSA), 2011 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Leadership Award, First five-time Recipient of the Magnet Hospital Certification (American Nurses Credential Center). $571 Million grant from NIH (2010). The University of Washington’s Medical Center has been ranked as #1 in the state of Washington, and for good reason. Three of its medical programs are ranked as top 10 in the nation by U.S. Health: Rehabilitation (#4), Cancer (#7), and Diabetes & Endocrinology (#8). The list of awards for UM is extensive, and its growth and dedication to teaching new doctors and medical staff will lead to continuous effectiveness and quality care for its future.

Evergreen Health Medical Center:

Gross Revenue: $1,208 Million (2013).
Beds: 318
Employees: 2,797 (includes 965 physicians)
Primary Care visits: 137,875 (105,890 special care visits)

US News recognized in 10 areas of specialties. Healthgrades 2014 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence. 2014 Pulmonary Care Excellence Award. Evergreen Health is one of the largest public hospitals in Washington, serving as a general medicine and surgical facility. It has been ranked as a top performer in 10 different fields by U.S. News healthgrades, cementing its competitiveness in an area surrounded by private hospitals and practices. Evergreen’s focus on community drives its ranking among the top 5% of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center:

Revenue: $2 billion (entire PeaceHealth system) .
Beds: 450: 114,000 ER visits (busiest ER north of San Francisco).
Employees 3,309 (over 1,000 physicians)

Sleep Center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep. Accredited by the Comission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Most recently, the existing Southwest Medical Center cemented its affiliation with PeaceHealth, becoming PeaceHealth Southwest. PeaceHealth Southwest has been sighted as a Top 100 Hospital 6 times due to its work in Geriatrics, Nephrology, and other fields.


Harborview Medical Center:

Total Net Revenue: $725,304 (000s, 2011).
Beds: 413
Employees: 4,684 (1,243 physicians).
Clinic Visits (2012): 247,246


Foster McGaw Prize; American Association of Critical Care Nurses; American College of Physicians Internist of the Year Award. Provided $210 million in charity care in 2012. Harborview Medical Center, which is managed by the University of Washington, has provided an important service for Washington, but for many states around it. Harborview is the only hospital with Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma and burn center serving the pacific northwest. Their services extend into specialties in neurosurgery, urology, geriatrics, and many more.

Virginia Mason Medical Center:

Total Revenue: $1.55 Billion.
Beds: 336 .
employees: 5,200 (460 Physicians).
Physician visits: 834,000

Leapfrog Group named it “Top Hospital of the Decade” (2010). Healthgrades recipient of Outstanding Patient Exxperience Award. Virginia Mason is a large, not-for-profit hospital that strives to provide a range of primary and specialty care options. With over 460 physicians and regional clinics, Virginia Mason is able to expand into AIDs Care, Research, and to build affiliations with other regional hospitals to facilitate better patient care. From U.S. News, customer satisfaction with Virginia Mason was one of the highest on the list, with an 81% chance of patients recommending them to others.

Swedish Medical Center – Edmonds:

Beds: 217
Employees: 1,400 (450 physicians).
Visits: 42,000 annually

Grade ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score. Emergency Nurse Association 2014 Lantern Award. The merging of Steven’s Hospital with Swedish Family has given patients access to a more resourced regional hospital that has, or can find, care for a wide range of medical needs. Its services reach from Women’s health to Cardiac Diagnostics Services to Internal Medicine. Ranked #7 in Washington, Swedish Medical Center, its specialties include Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Urology, Geriatrics, and Gastroenterology & GI Surgery.