Legacy Health impacts local food banks with more than 22,000 pounds of food (Photo)
More than 250,000 people in the Portland metropolitan area and Southwest Washington -- a third of them children -- don't know where their next meal is coming from. Everyone is at risk of falling on hard times and needing the support of a food bank.
The goal of the second annual Legacy Health system-wide food drive was to bring in 22,000 pounds of food to represent Legacy Health's more than 11,000 employees. Based on 11,126 pounds of food and $11,214 in monetary donations it represents the equivalent of 22,340 pounds of food going to 14 different food banks in the Portland metropolitan area and Southwest Washington area.
"The health of our communities is fundamental to Legacy's overall mission," said Brian Willoughby, director, community benefit. "It's amazing to see over 11,000 Legacy employees believing in that mission and helping to make an incredible impact for people in need."
Last year, Legacy Health raised 9,319 pounds of food and $6,766 in monetary donations going to 11 different food banks with a goal of reaching 10,000 pounds. Not only did we match donations from the previous year, we met and exceeded our goals and added three new organizations in our communities.
Legacy holds the drive in May to provide a significant amount of food during the "off" time of year, when food pantry cupboards often are growing bare. During the summer, many children no longer have access to free meals at school and families need the support of our community food banks more than ever. Our theme, tied to the month the drive occurs in, is "May no one go hungry."
Donations will go to the following organizations in the Portland metro area and SW Washington:
* AWARE Food Bank (Woodburn)
* Birch Community Services (Portland)
* Clark County Food Bank (Vancouver)
* Columbia Pacific Food Bank (St. Helens)
* Community Action (Hillsboro)
* Lift Urban (Portland)
* NE Emergency Food Program (Portland)
* Sandy Action Center (Sandy)
* Share Vancouver (Vancouver)
* SnowCap Community Charities (Portland)
* St. Vincent de Paul Canby Food Bank (Canby)
* Tualatin School House Pantry (Tualatin)
* West Linn Food Pantry (West Linn)
* WSU Cougar Food Pantry (Vancouver)
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About Legacy Health
Legacy Health, Oregon's only locally owned nonprofit healthcare organization, includes Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Legacy Laboratory Services, Legacy Research Institute, Legacy Medical Group and CareMark/Managed HealthCare Northwest PPO. For more information, visit www.legacyhealth.org.
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center introduces first multi-place hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber in Oregon (Photo)
Enoch Huang, M.D., program medical director for Hyperbaric Medicine/Wound Healing, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Chamber holds up to 12 patients. Photo: Legacy Health
(Portland, Ore.) Legacy Emanuel Medical Center has opened a multi-place hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the largest in Oregon. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one method used to treat difficult-to-heal wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems, radiation therapy and other conditions. The chamber can accommodate up to 12 patients at a time.
"Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is our newest option for treating wounds that don't heal with standard approaches," says Lori Morgan, M.D., MBA, Legacy Emanuel's chief administrative officer. "We offer excellent wound care services and this is just one more treatment option we can offer patients."
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy complements Legacy Emanuel's current wound care practices and will be used in the treatment of a broad range of acute and chronic wounds. These include traumatic injuries, diabetic foot ulcers, burns, ischemic flaps/grafts, radiation-damaged tissue or bone and chronic bone infections. During the treatment, patients breathe pure oxygen within a pressurized chamber through a clear plastic hood or mask, in daily 90 minute sessions over 20-30 sessions.
"Oxygen under pressure acts like a drug when it dissolves into the blood," explains Enoch Huang, M.D., program medical director for Hyperbaric Medicine/Wound Healing for Legacy Emanuel and Oregon's only fellowship-trained, board certified hyperbaric physician.
"This helps speed cell repair and form new blood vessels, which in turn assists in the healing of wounds. Repeated exposure to pressurized oxygen gives a lifeline to ischemic tissue, boosts the effects of some antibiotics, activates white blood cells to fight certain infections, reduces tissue swelling, and promotes the healing process of specific chronic wounds."
Hyperbaric medicine services are a component of Legacy Emanuel's extensive wound care services and will be used to treat both adult and pediatric patients. It will initially be available only during outpatient business hours but eventually will operate 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week. Legacy Health is partnering with OxyHealth Group, a national provider of hyperbaric technology.
About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is an Oregon-based nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and, with more than 9,000 employees, is one of the largest private sector employers in the Portland metropolitan area. Legacy Health provides an integrated network of healthcare services, including acute and critical care, inpatient and outpatient treatment, community health education and a variety of specialty services. Legacy's hospitals include: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Randall Children's Hospital, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. Also included in the Legacy system are a hospice agency, a full-service research facility, and specialty and primary care clinics. Visit www.legacyhealth.org.
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