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Portland’s OHSU, Legacy Transfer Ahead With Merger Plans


Portland-based Oregon Well being & Science College and Legacy Well being are transferring forward with a plan to unite as one well being system referred to as OHSU Well being that was introduced in August 2023. The mixed system can have 12 hospitals, 100-plus places and about 30,000 staff and greater than 3 million affected person visits a 12 months.

OHSU is a part of the State of Oregon, established in Oregon regulation as a public company. Legacy is an area, nonprofit well being system that had been struggled financially,  in response to information experiences. 

Within the coming months OHSU and Legacy Well being will submit an software to the State of Oregon’s Healthcare MarketPlace Oversight Program (HCMO), which critiques sure healthcare enterprise transactions in Oregon.  This program, established by the Legislature in 2021, “critiques proposed enterprise offers to verify they may assist and never harm Oregon’s shared objectives of well being fairness, decrease shopper prices, elevated entry and higher care. This system applies to mergers, acquisitions, and different enterprise offers that contain well being care entities and meet sure standards.”
After the HCMO software is filed, the state regulatory assessment course of will start.

“Our settlement with OHSU is a vital milestone towards making a stronger well being system higher able to delivering for our sufferers, our folks and our communities,” stated Legacy Well being Board Chair Charles Wilhoite, in a press release. “Following many months of considerate collaboration between our organizations, we imagine that is the precise subsequent step to create important alternatives to enhance the well being of our area for a few years to come back.”   

“Proper now, elevated demand and capability restraints are protecting sufferers across the area from accessing the companies OHSU Well being is uniquely able to offering,” stated OHSU President Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., in a press release. “As a single, built-in system, we are able to higher guarantee sufferers obtain the precise stage of care on the proper facility with out having to journey outdoors the area, whether or not it is complicated most cancers care on Marquam Hill or behavioral well being remedy in Northeast Portland.”  

“With larger alternatives and an enhanced system from which to develop our shared future as OHSU Well being, the expanded well being system will stabilize and develop within the modern companies, instruments and applied sciences important for the care of individuals by our built-in groups, and permit us to proceed to coach the subsequent era of clinicians, scientists and educators,” stated OHSU Board Chair Wayne Monfries, in a press release. “We’re enthusiastic about what we are able to obtain for our communities.”   

With a capital dedication from OHSU of roughly $1 billion over 10 years, financed largely by means of bond choices, the built-in system will make investments in care infrastructure to enhance the standard of important companies and well being outcomes for communities throughout the area.   
Following transaction shut, a Legacy neighborhood basis unbiased of OHSU will obtain funds equal to Legacy Well being’s money much less its debt and a negotiated withhold, for making grants in assist of well being, well being care and well being fairness in our communities.  

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