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As Oregon's only academic children's hospital since 1926, Doernbecher Children's Hospital provides comprehensive services to the children and families of the region.  Patients represent a variety of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including Hispanic/Latino, Southeast Asian, and Russian.  The hospital is committed to the mission of patient care, education, research and public service.  Doernbecher's services were consolidated into a new separate facility on the OHSU campus in 1998.

Doernbecher's 128-inpatient beds includes a 48 bed Pediatric Acute Care Center inpatient unit for infants, children and adolescents, the 21 bed  Kenneth W. Ford  Northwest Children's Cancer Center, a 8 bed Intermediate Care Unit, and a 20-bed  Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Five operating rooms serve both inpatients and day surgery patients.  The 46-bed Doernbecher Neonatal Care Center is adjacent to the Birthing Suite and Women's Health /Mother Baby Unit in the OHSU hospital, where over 2,500 newborns are delivered annually.

Doernbecher houses the ambulatory clinics for general pediatrics, resident continuity clinics, and pediatric and surgical subspecialty clinics, including child psychiatry.  Continuity clinics for the residents also occur at community-based pediatric practices in the Portland metropolitan area.  Included in Doernbecher is the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center which provides interdisciplinary clinical services for children with developmental disabilities and other special health care needs.

There are more than 6,500 admissions yearly to Doernbecher Children's Hospital and 69,000 visits to the ambulatory clinics.  In addition, there are more than 9,000 pediatric visits to the Emergency Department.  Patients are derived from the primary care base at OHSU or are referred from urban/rural practices in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Montana and northern California. Many are transported by the PANDA pediatric/neonatal transport team.  Since 1996, Kaiser Permanente Health System pediatric patients are also admitted to Doernbecher Children's Hospital. 

Oregon Health and Science University Department of Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics at Oregon Health and Science University ranks 45 in NIH funding in the United States.  It is the largest collection of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists in Oregon with full-time and part-time faculty members who offer extensive expertise and experience in every subspecialty of pediatric practice.  The Department of Pediatrics conducts numerous undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training programs.  Members of the department conduct extensive research funded by extramural grant support in all general and subspecialty areas.

Oregon Health and Science University

Oregon Health & Science University is a leading health and research university that strives for excellence in patient care, education, research and community service. With roots back to 1887, OHSU has a long and outstanding history of dedication to improving the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond. As a nonprofit public corporation OHSU provides world-class knowledge for the most complex and the most common of health care needs. Without OHSU, many Oregonians would have to travel out of the region for their care. OHSU also provides leading and often world-renowned educational services through its five schools, and is the only place in Oregon that grants doctoral degrees in medicine, dentistry and nursing.  OHSU is the only academic health center in the nation with a school of science and engineering focused exclusively on human and environmental health.

As a leader in research, OHSU earned $307 million in research funding in fiscal year 2007, with 94 percent of that being money that flows into Oregon from out of state. Additionally, OHSU serves as a catalyst for the region's bioscience industry and is an incubator of discovery, averaging one new breakthrough or innovation every three days, with more than 4,100 research projects currently under way. OHSU disclosed 132 inventions in 2007, many of which open new markets, spin-off businesses and create new opportunities. Beyond providing critical health care services, quality health care education, and cutting-edge research, OHSU also is a key economic and social force in the Northwest. With an annual budget of $1.4 billion and more than 12,400 employees, OHSU is Portland's largest, and the state's fourth largest employer (excluding government). OHSU earns $32 million in gifts, grants, contracts and service funds for every dollar the state invests in OHSU and drives more than $3 billion in annual regional economic activity.


From its vantage point on a wooded Portland hilltop, the OHSU campus has one of the most spectacular views in Oregon.  Looking out the windows of Doernbecher Children's Hospital you can see the Willamette River winding its way through the city and its dozen bridges linking east and west Portland neighborhoods.  Pleasure boats and commercial barges steam up the river channel, past skyscrapers, park benches, marinas, and jogging trails.  With a population of a million and a half within the metro area, Portland is Oregon's largest metropolis, and has also been named one of the most livable cities in America. Downtown Portland is bustling with culture and commerce: museums and galleries; a thriving theater community and music scene; dozens of parks, plazas and gardens; a zoo; mass transit system; an NBA basketball team; and a wide variety of shops and restaurants.  Radiating out in all directions are diverse and affordable neighborhoods in a setting that's hilly, green and clean.

In the near distance, snow-capped Mt. Hood towers above its neighbors in the Cascade Range, beckoning outdoor enthusiasts to its ski slopes, campsites and hiking trails.  There are more mountains to the west, beyond which lies Oregon's pristine and rugged coastline.  Oregon is famous for its varied terrain, its rivers and lakes, desert and rangeland, national forests and parks.  Much of Oregon's land is publicly owned, providing thousands of acres of wilderness.  In fact, Portland alone contains 37,000 acres of parkland, including Forest Park, the largest urban wilderness in any American city.

Oregonians are proud of their environment and work to protect their natural resources.  The economy is sustained by the forest products industry and agriculture, as well as tourism, biomedical and computer-tech industries, and manufacturing.   Portland's weather is mild most of the year.  It's green for a reason—it does rain in the winter and spring.  Temperatures rarely go below freezing and summers are sunny and warm.

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