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Randall Children's Hospital Level 1 surgical verification
Randall Children's Hospital Level 1 surgical verification
Randall Children's Hospital nationally recognized for excellence in surgery (Photo) - 11/04/19

(Portland, Ore.) The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has verified Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center, making it one of two children’s surgical centers in Oregon to earn this prestigious validation.  

The Level 1 surgical verification was awarded because of Randall Children’s high-quality pediatric-specific surgical services, multidisciplinary team of world-class pediatric specialists and holistic approach to children’s surgery. Previously, Randall Children’s was the first hospital in Oregon and the first children’s hospital in the Pacific Northwest to receive the Level 1 pediatric trauma center verification by American College of Surgeons in 2017. 

“From the beginning, Randall Children's Hospital was built with the needs of children and families in mind,” said Bronwyn Houston, president of Randall Children’s Hospital. “Randall Children’s treats over 100,000 children a year, and this achievement in pediatric surgery highlights the hospital’s expertise in providing the highest level of comprehensive care possible for every child.”

Randall Children’s is one of 21 surgical centers in the nation to achieve this elite verification from the American College of Surgeons. The process is rigorous, requiring surgical centers to meet essential criteria for staffing, training, and facility infrastructure and protocols for children’s care.

“Kids have unique physical and emotional needs,” said Cindy Gingalewski, M.D., medical director of children’s surgical services. “If your child requires surgery, you want to know that at every step of the way they are being treated by leading pediatric specialists who are committed to providing the highest quality care tailored for children.”

Some requirements and attributes of an ACS-CSV-verified pediatric surgical program include:

  • Pediatric-trained specialists including surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, radiologists and intensivists who are available to care for children 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Children’s specialty surgeons in pediatric orthopedic surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, congenital heart surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric otolaryngology and pediatric urology are required in Level 1 children’s surgical centers.  
  • Dedicated resources to take care of the most complex pediatric conditions.
  • Providing leadership in education to families, community pediatricians, and emergency personnel.
  • Participation in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports of quality for processes and outcomes and identifies opportunities for continuous quality improvements.
  • A robust research program that brings evidence-based science into clinical practice at the bedside.

Randall Children’s participates in ongoing performance improvement efforts to ensure each patient experiences the best possible surgical outcome from the emergency department to the inpatient rehabilitation program. Throughout the Pacific Northwest, Randall Children’s is known for its excellent communication with referring pediatricians and families.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

About Legacy Health

Legacy Health is a locally owned, nonprofit health system driven by our mission to improve the health of those around us. We offer a unique blend of health services – from wellness and urgent care to dedicated children’s care and advanced medical centers – to care for patients of all ages when and where they need us across the Portland/Vancouver metro area and mid-Willamette Valley. With an eye toward a healthier community, our partnerships tackle vital issues such as housing and mental health. Legacy strives to help everyone live healthier and better lives, with the vision of being essential to the health of the region. For more information, visit www.legacyhealth.org.


Legacy Health donates flu and hepatitis A vaccine to protect people experiencing homelessness (Photo) - 10/28/19

(PORTLAND, OR) October 28, 2019 - Legacy Health is helping to protect those experiencing homelessness by donating flu and hepatitis A vaccines to several local organizations that serve vulnerable populations.

“For the last several years, we’ve donated flu vaccine to community-based organizations that serve homeless people,” says Bryan Goodin, Employee Health manager, Legacy Health. “Avoiding the flu is a health challenge for people living in crowded areas, especially those with chronic illnesses like diabetes or asthma. A flu shot is a way to work upstream and protect everyone in our community.”

Legacy is adding donations of hepatitis A due to a rise in outbreaks in homeless communities along the West Coast. “Public health officials have identified this as an area needing early intervention to prevent further spread,” says Goodin.”

Legacy Health is donating flu and hepatitis A vaccine to these organizations:

  • Borland Free Clinic in Tualatin
  • Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic
  • Operation Nightwatch Clinic
  • The Blanchet House
  • Project Access Now
  • Portland Street Medicine
  • Salvation Army
  • Portland Street Clinic

Borland Free Clinic Executive Director Sandy Kosik says they primarily focus on prevention for the people they serve in Washington and Clackamas counties. “The vaccines Legacy Health provides helps us protect our patients from getting common communicable diseases that would be harmful to their health.”

The flu is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system and is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, approximately 200,000 Americans are hospitalized, and an average of 36,000 die from flu-related complications. Last year, over 1,300 people in the Portland area were hospitalized with the flu.  Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can cause mild to severe illness. The vaccine reduces the chances of outbreaks, which are spread through person-to-person contact, contaminated food and water.  



About Legacy Health

Legacy Health is a local, nonprofit health system with six hospitals and dedicated children’s care offered at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Legacy also includes more than 70 primary care, specialty and urgent care clinics, as well as almost 3,000 providers who are either employed, on the medical staff or part of Legacy Health Partners. We have lab, research and hospice services. Among our major partnerships are PacificSource Health Plans and the Unity Center for Behavioral Health.  Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/legacyhealth and on Twitter at @OurLegacyHealth.