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Legacy Health Overview

Portland, OR
10000+ employees
Nonprofit Organization
Health Care
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Legacy Health System strives to create a legacy of positive health in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. A not-for-profit provider of health care services in Oregon and Washington, the health system operates 7 medical centers, including Legacy Emanuel and Legacy Good ... Read more

Mission: Our legacy is good health for:
Our people
Our patients
Our communities
Our world
Our values:
Respect - Treat all people w/ respect/compassion
Service - Put needs of patients/their families ... Read more

Company Updates

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    Colon health screening saves lives | Legacy Health

    Colon cancer is highly curable when found and treated early. While steady progress has been made in the past decade detecting and curing colon disease and cancer because of the expanded use of diagnostic screening tests, it remains the second cause of cancer death in the U.S. A large proportion of the U.S.

  • Watch a video w/ one of our newest colorectal surgeons - greater importance on colon cancer prevention & screening

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Legacy Health – Why Work For Us?

Looking for a job in health care? Create your legacy with us.

Our legacy is good health for our people, our patients, our communities and our world. It's a legacy of health and community, of respect and responsibility, and of quality and innovation. It's the legacy we create every day at Legacy Health. If you join our team, it's yours.

Learn more about Legacy.

Building strong communities

Every year, we give more than $1.5 million to different community organizations — organizations that enrich the lives of many people.

Recycling and sustainability are also a passion of ours. We have achieved national recognition for this work. 

Inspiring a motivated staff

We treat our people like we treat our communities. Our culture encourages learning, welcomes creativity and rewards initiative.

For all the details, see:

The following profiles describe what we expect from the leaders and employees who work for Legacy Health.

Delivering care our patients can trust

We are a leader in quality and safety. Throughout our system, we are continually working to reduce hospital-acquired infections and all other preventable illnesses.

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Securing our future

By keeping a careful eye on our operating costs, we ensure our future is healthy fiscally. As a community-benefit organization, we don't sell stock nor pay dividends. Our Board of Directors is comprised of local physicians, executives and members of the religious community who volunteer their time.

For financial details, see the annual Summary Balance Sheet.

Create your legacy with us

Vancouver area and Mid-Willamette Valley. With seven hospitals, more than 70 clinics, lab, research and hospice facilities, we offer compassionate and complete care for all.

Looking for a job in health care? Join one of the finest health care systems in the country. Legacy Health is the largest nonprofit, locally owned health system in the Portland--Vancouver area and Mid-Willamette Valley.

Forbes Media ranked us among America’s Best Midsize Employers of 2016 - Ranked #57 overall. See the list here

We provide many different job opportunities, professional growth and advancement, benefits and community support.  

A leader in quality and patient safety, Legacy is not just a great place to work, it is located in a great place to live — Portland, Oregon — named America's "Best Big City" by Money Magazine.

"What I love most about my job are the people, without a doubt."

"I feel good knowing what I do impacts patients' care." 

Visit our Careers page and learn more about Legacy Health and the jobs we have open.

Legacy hospitals

Legacy Health, a nonprofit, locally owned organization based in Portland, Oregon, and serving Oregon and Southwest Washington, is well-known for its hospitals, the only health system covering the Portland-Vancouver area with multiple hospitals and a specialized children’s hospital.

This is our Legacy ... a history

Legacy's roots go back more than 100 years. Our two largest hospitals were founded (Good Samaritan in 1875 and Emanuel in 1912) by faith-based groups seeking to care for the growing city. As the decades went on, those two hospitals grew into larger health organizations. In 1989 they merged to create Legacy Health System.

What is now known as “Legacy Health” is one of the largest private-sector employers in the Portland metropolitan area.

The mission and values of Legacy Health

Our legacy is good health for:

  • Our people
  • Our patients
  • Our communities
  • Our world

We will work as a team to demonstrate our values:

  • Respect - Treat all people with respect and compassion
  • Service - Put the needs of our patients and their families first
  • Quality - Deliver outstanding clinical services within healing environments
  • Excellence - Set high standards and achieve them
  • Responsibility - Be good stewards of our resources, ensuring access to care for all
  • Innovation - Be progressive in our thinking and actions
  • Leadership - Serve as a role model of good health and good citizenship

Diversity Commitment

Legacy Health places a high priority on building a culture that values diversity in how we work with each other, deliver care, partner with our community and in how we do business. Diversity is a moral, social and business imperative for us. If we do the right thing for our employees, our patients and communities, then we are doing the right thing for our business. At Legacy Health, our legacy is doing what's best for our patients, our people, our community, and our world.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
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    There are several positive aspects joining LH. One, the team atmosphere is a strong component of the culture. Each member is a source of information and willing to knowledge-share. Another great characteristic is the work-life balance. Coming from an industry that considers 24/7 access the norm, the balance here at LH has been a breath of fresh air, and I am thankful for it! The benefits are excellent for employees and their families.


    I have not experienced too many negatives as of yet. One has been the ability to adopt new technologies. This is a slow process. However, I have noticed some quicker, more agile areas where the culture's agility is increasing.
    Another negative is that certain employment entry levels have low salary ranges. The inflexibility regarding salary is a disadvantage against most other industry/market segments. With the flatness of the organization, the opportunity to 'move-up' via title/level to gain the next salary step, are far and few between. This was the one area that made me hesitant to join. If there is a timeliness to salary improvements for these individuals, that will keep attrition lower.

    Advice to Management

    One item I would recommend is to have more executive buy-in and approval to certain initiatives, such as technology use. Having an executive(s) lead by example is not just good for the employees but also for the overall organization.

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    Behavioral Health Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Legacy Health (Portland, OR).


    Applied online for position. Application was pending for about 2 weeks. Was contacted to see if I could attend an in-person interview the following week. Interview was very laid back and comfortable. Interviewer was a department manager who was extremely kind. She made the interview more like a conversation than a typical HR interview. After interview I was contacted to start reference checks. They use an online program that sends an email to each reference and asks them to fill out a brief multiple choice survey rating several attributes about the candidate. I made sure to followup with each reference to make sure they completed this promptly. They also use a 3rd party company to verify employment, criminal history check, and education. Very positive recruitment experience and I am happy to have joined this company.

    Interview Questions

    • "Please describe your experience interacting with people who have mental illness..."   1 Answer
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Legacy Health Awards & Accolades

  • America's Best Midsize Employers, Forbes Magazine, 2016
  • Pamela Weatherspoon, Legacy’s manager of Diversity and Community Engagement, among 2016 Class of 40 Under 40, Portland Business Journal, 2016
  • 2015 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” Award, Practice Greenhealth, 2015
  • Get With The Guidelines ®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 2015
  • ACTION Registry-GWTG Silver awards, American College of Cardiology, 2015
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