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Why support Doernbecher?

Oregonians love our state for its coastline, mountains, farmland, vineyards and deserts. Wherever you live in Oregon, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital serves your community with comprehensive expertise in children’s health.

Doernbecher is one-of-a-kind in Oregon, offering highly specialized care unavailable anywhere else in our region. It’s the kind of resource that makes a life-or-death difference – but you might not be aware of its importance until you need it, or until a friend or neighbor does. So you might not know that the families who rely on Doernbecher also rely on you. That’s because none of this is possible without philanthropy.

Compared to other parts of the country, the Pacific Northwest has a relatively small population, spread over a wide area. That means that some families travel hundreds of miles to Doernbecher for specialized care that is unavailable in their hometowns. About 40 percent of Doernbecher patients come from outside Portland – some from as far away as Idaho and Alaska.

Our region’s lower population density also means that the patient volume for Oregon hospitals isn’t enough to fully pay for such a comprehensive range of specialized care, or to make it available around the clock.

To read just a few examples of what Doernbecher donors help make possible, visit OnwardOHSU.org.