Randall Children’s Hospital nationally recognized for excellence in surgery

By Kristin Whitney

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.

Hill Block: Visioning to Heal the Past

The healing: In August of 2017, Legacy Health joined the City of Portland and Prosper Portland (formerly Portland Development Commission) in announcing a collaborative effort to develop a vacant 1.7-acre block on the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center property. This land once housed the Hill Block building and was considered the heart of the Albina business community where many African Americans resided in nearby homes until urban renewal came in the 1960s. Though vacant for nearly 50 years, this plot of land still evokes painful memories for many African Americans who still talk about the unfair destruction and loss of their community.

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The Hill Block Project Update

Vacant Land at Williams and Russell

A Community-led Effort to Develop the Vacant Block on the Legacy Emanuel Campus

On August 1, 2017, Prosper Portland, the City of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Legacy Health announced a collaborative project to develop the Hill Block property.  All three have agreed to work together to facilitate a community-driven process that will determine a community vision and development proposal for the vacant site.

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Trauma Nurse Lands Statewide Award

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Joe Tanner

Joe Tanner isn’t the typical recipient of the Oregon Health Authority’s Life Saving Medal. It’s usually given to an emergency medical technician, or EMT. Tanner is a registered nurse on the Neuro Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center who cares for patients brought in through the hospital’s emergency room. What makes this unique is what he did for himself that will help others.

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Development Plans for Hill Block lot

Legacy CEO and president, George J. Brown, M.D
Legacy CEO and president, George J. Brown, M.D

Legacy Health has joined the city of Portland and Prosper Portland in a collaborative effort to develop a vacant 1.7-acre block on North Russell.

The development process is aimed at engaging the people in the community impacted by displacement and will include medical care services, affordable housing and community amenities.

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Emanuel Apologizes

Urban Renewal Exhibit at Emanual Hospital
Urban Renewal Exhibit at Emanual

In a season already fraught with bad news – Arkansas executions, skyrocketing arms sales, more black teenagers shot by police – a page-8 headline in the last issue of Eliot News stopped me cold:  “Major Expansion Project Planned for Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Campus.”  For me, those 10 words echoed the hospital “expansion” that dismantled the last of Eliot’s African-American community, 44 years ago.

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Advanced Technology Charts More Precise Paths Through the Brain

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Neurosurgeon performing surgery at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Photo by: Vicki Guinn.

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center is the first hospital in Oregon to acquire an advanced robotic imaging and navigation system for more precise brain tumor removal and spinal surgeries.

The Synaptive BrightMatter technology integrates pre-operative imaging, surgical planning and robotic visualization to give neurosurgeons the ability to see relevant details in the brain not visible to the human eye, which may allow for much safer surgical intervention.

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Oregon Burn Center Celebrates 1 Year

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Janelle after several laser treatments. Courtesy Janelle Roha.

Using Laser Treatment to Erase Memories — Legacy Emanuel’s Oregon Burn Center Celebrates 1 Year of Laser Treatment Therapy.

Janelle Roha, blinded by the thick smoke from her burning home, frantically searched for a way out. She felt the coolness of the window and thought, “safety.”

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Legacy Plans Major Expansion

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Artist’s rendition of the new Legacy Emanuel building to house the Oregon Burn Center and surgical suites

Legacy Health has announced a replacement and expansion project on the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center campus that would add new surgical suites and a new space for the Legacy Oregon Burn Center. Plans are to build a new four-level facility with parking for 100 cars on the N. Kerby Street lot, adjacent to the hospital and current operating rooms. This is the first major expansion on the Legacy Emanuel campus since the opening of Randall Children’s Hospital in 2012.

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Legacy Emanuel Partnership Helps Students with Disabilities

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Amelia Acala working at the 24-Hour Heart Beat Cafe

A good work ethic, a job, and a savings plan paid off for Amelia Acala. Before her senior year started, she was rolling in a car purchased with money saved from her customer service job with Legacy Emanuel’s Food and Nutrition Services.

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First Heart Valve Procedure in Oregon


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On June 13, 2016, James Kyser, M.D., of the Pediatric Cardiology Center of Oregon, became the first and only pediatric cardiologist in the state to provide the Edwards SAPIEN XT transcatheter heart valve procedure for pulmonic valve replacement to pediatric patients. This procedure took place just two months after the FDA approval.

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Coordinating Healthier Lives for Kids in Foster Care

As a child in foster care, especially one with previous or current health issues, each day can be a constant struggle.

Tara, age 5, knew that struggle for years. Diagnosed with asthma at the small age of 2 and experiencing homelessness for most of her years, Tara didn’t begin receiving health care until she was placed in the foster care system. Shortly after her placement, her foster mom noticed she had difficulty breathing. Taking swift action, she scheduled an appointment at Randall Children’s Clinic-Emanuel paving the way for a coordinated effort with her care. “This is not the kind of start a child needs to have a healthy life,” said Holly Hermes, a social worker and care coordinator. “Once Tara came to the clinic and started receiving the care she needed, she made great strides in her development,” says Hermes. “She got her asthma under control. This little girl now has a better chance at a healthy life.”

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Emanuel Medical Center Foundation Awards Funds

The Emanuel Medical Center Foundation board of trustees recently approved 42 projects, totaling $692,821, in support of programs and services at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Donations from patients, their families, Legacy Health employees and the broader community made funding these projects possible.

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