OHSU Facts

Oregon Health & Science University is Oregon's only academic health center and is nationally distinguished as a research university dedicated solely to advancing health sciences. This allows us to focus on discoveries to prevent and cure disease, on education that prepares the health care and health science professionals of the future, and on patient care that incorporates the latest advances.

Includes hospitals and medical/dental clinics

Patients: 303,243
Hospital admissions and medical clinic patients: 283,846

  • Pediatrics: 67,161
  • Adults: 216,685

Dental clinics patients: 19,397

  • Pediatrics: 3,759
  • Adults: 15,638

Patient visits: 1,098,517
Hospitals: 31,175

  • Pediatrics: 6,853
  • Newborns: 1,406
  • Adults: 22,916

Medical clinics: 919,642

  • Pediatrics: 169,335
  • Adults: 750,307

Dental clinics: 77,153

  • Pediatrics: 8,438
  • Adults: 68,715

OHSU/Doernbecher Emergency Room: 32,990

  • Pediatrics: 9,644
  • Adults: 23,346

Represents individuals who were seen and discharged. The total number of visits including those who became inpatients or were transferred to the Observation Unit and thus counted in other categories is 47,193.

Observation unit: 3,574

  • Pediatrics: 627
  • Adults: 2,947

Day Patient/Day Surgery visits: 33,983

  • Pediatrics: 6,297
  • Adults: 27,686

Staffed beds: 556 (145 devoted to children)
Licensed beds: 576

Patient demographics

  • Health care patients from Oregon: 90 percent
  • Caring for the community: More than one half of OHSU's health care patient visits were covered via a public payer or were for patients who are uninsured.

Award dollars: $410 million

Invention disclosures: 151

Competitive research awards have increased nearly fivefold since 1995, the year OHSU became a public corporation.

OHSU ranks No. 35 on the Reuters 100:  The World's Most Innovative Universities 2016.

OHSU named among the top 20 research institutions in the world by Nature in 2017.

Researchers at OHSU have:

  • Pioneered personalized medicine to treat cancer
  • Discovered and developed a vaccine candidate for HIV
  • Created embryonic stem cells from skin cells for treating various diseases.
  • Discovered and developed the first West Nile vaccine to be tested in humans.
  • Created the first successful artificial heart valve.
  • Pioneered genetic therapies for treatment of the eye.
  • Revealed the human serotonin transporter's structure.

OHSU helps educate more than 4,000 students.

Students in degree programs at OHSU: 2,586

Students in joint programs with Portland State University, Oregon State University and Oregon Institute of Technology: 1,983

Undergraduate and graduate students in joint programs with Portland State University: 1,464

Graduate students in joint programs with Oregon State University: 370

Undergraduate students in joint programs with Oregon Institute of Technology: 149

  • Degrees awarded: 1,341
  • Faculty: 2,796
  • Degree and certificate programs: 74
  • Certificate programs: 16
  • Degree programs: 58 (associates through Ph.D.)

(Education statistics reflect the academic rather than the fiscal year.)

National rankings
U.S. News and World Report ranks the School of Medicine No. 2 in family medicine and rural medicine, No. 4 in primary care and No. 5 in physician assistant education and No. 29 in nation for research-oriented medical schools.
  The School of Nursing is ranked No. 8 in midwifery by U.S. News and World Report.
  (U.S. News and World Report does not rank dental schools.)

OHSU's net community benefit contribution in 2016: $378 million

Care for the underserved in 2016: $165 million

OHSU has cared for uninsured and otherwise medical underserved people for 130 years.

OHSU has more than 200 community health care programs, reaching out to vulnerable groups in urban areas as well as underserved rural communities throughout the state. OHSU also works to increase the number of primary care practitioners to improve access to health care services and information for all. These programs provide a breadth of services that no other entity in the state can match.

Employees: 15,958
Capital expenditures: $283 million
Square feet of building space: 7.9 million

Number of alumni overall: 39,873
Alumni living in Oregon: 21,206

Marquam Hill Campus
OHSU has 36 major buildings and eight parking structures overlooking downtown Portland, including:

  • Patient care facilities, such as OHSU Hospital, the Peter O. Kohler Pavilion and Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
  • Some of the most advanced laboratories and scientific equipment available in the world to support the scientists at OHSU.
  • Portland Aerial Tram
    The Tram is an efficient and green link between Marquam Hill and the patient care services and educational programs located at OHSU's South Waterfront. Operated by OHSU and owned by the City of Portland, the Tram is one of Portland's most popular tourist attractions.

South Waterfront Campus
The OHSU Center for Health & Healing provides patient services in an urban neighborhood along the Willamette River. The center was the first large medical facility in the nation to be awarded LEED platinum certification for its environmentally sustainable design and operations.

  • There are currently three buildings under construction on the South Waterfront, including the Center for Health & Healing South, the Rood Family Pavilion, slated to open in 2019, and the Knight Cancer Institute research building, scheduled to be completed in 2018.
  • In 2004, the Schnitzer family donated a 19-acre parcel of riverside property for OHSU to build an education and research district on the north side of the South Waterfront Campus.
  • In July of 2014, the Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower, housing the OHSU School of Dentistry, opened. It features classrooms and integrated spaces for students and faculty from OHSU, Portland State University and Oregon State University.
  • OHSU broke ground on three new buildings on the South Waterfront in 2016. The Knight Cancer Institute research building is scheduled to be completed in 2018, followed by the Center for Health and Healing South and the Rood Family Pavilion scheduled to be completed in 2019.
  • West Campus
    OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center and the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute are located on OHSU's West Campus in Hillsboro.

Total space occupied
OHSU owns and leases space beyond its campus. Altogether, OHSU occupies more than 7.8 million square feet of space on approximately 350 acres.

OHSU economics and funding
Annual operating budget: $2.8 billion
OHSU's operating budget is generated mainly from patient care, gifts, grants and contracts revenues. State General Fund appropriations were $35.6 million in 2017 and while making up only 1.3 percent of OHSU's budget, provide crucial support for educational programs.

Gift dollars: $141 million
Number of donors: 13,000

Total Onward campaign giving: $1.5 billion
(Campaign launched in Oct. 2015)

Private investment in OHSU has risen significantly during the last decade. OHSU's two independent nonprofit foundations, the OHSU Foundation and Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, secure philanthropic support to advance OHSU's mission. In 2015-16 alone, the foundation raised $635 million, which included a $500 million fundraising campaign to support innovative cancer research. The foundations also oversee the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who participate in community-based fundraising programs and events supporting OHSU.

Economic impact 
OHSU's impact on Oregon's economy is $4.3 billion and nearly 34,000 jobs

While size in and of itself may not merit distinction, economists conservatively estimate that OHSU is one of Oregon's most valuable economic stabilizers. In fact, few Oregon industries can match its economic impact.

According to a study by EcoNorthwest in 2014 using 2012 data:

  • OHSU's operations generated, directly and indirectly, more than $4.3 billion in total gross output in Oregon.
      Despite a challenging economy, OHSU's totally economic impact grew 77 percent over the last five years.
  • OHSU supports 33,685 jobs, both at OHSU and in the community.
  • Without OHSU, economic output in Oregon would decrease by $2.4 billion. OHSU's absence would cause many students to seek their education elsewhere, research grants would go to academic health centers in other states, and patients with the most complex health care issues likely would forgo optimal care or go to medical centers out of state.

All data is from fiscal year 2017 unless otherwise noted.