Positive health and wellness is a big part of the culture in
Oregon and Washington, and people truly take their health
seriously. It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that there are
numerous healthcare resources for people in the region,
spanning the areas of preventive care, emergency services,
therapeutic treatment and much more.
There are essentially seven major healthcare
systems in the region: Adventist Health,
Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Oregon
Health & Science University, PeaceHealth
Medical System, Providence Health &
Services and Tuality Healthcare. Most of
these organizations also have a number of
outpatient clinics in neighborhoods across
the Pacific Northwest.
COLLABORATION IN A
A fairly recent development in Portland has
been the $295 million Collaborative Life
Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower, which
houses research, laboratory and classroom
space for Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland State University
and Oregon State University. It marks the
first time a building of this scale has been
completed through partnerships between
three different institutions of higher learning.
What is truly innovative about the Collaborative Life Sciences Building, located on
the South Waterfront near the near Tilikum
Crossing bridge, is the fact that it allows
students across numerous healthcare disciplines to collaborate in shared spaces,
learn with one another and work together
through various inter-professional courses.
The facility reflects the changing landscape
of healthcare in the 21st century, in which
professionals across multiple fields must
collaborate on a more consistent basis to
elevate the level of patient care delivered.
FOCUS ON PREVENTIVE CARE
Portland employers have also been on the
leading edge of workplace wellness and
the use of preventative methods to improve
the overall health and wellbeing of their
employees—thus reducing long-term
healthcare costs. Many local companies
have implemented things like stand-up
desks, along with in-office treadmills and
stationary bicycles, which help people stay
more active in workplace environments that
have traditionally led to sedentary lifestyles.
Many of these employers have also begun to
use technology to help their staff members
attain greater levels of wellness, as well.
Mobile apps like MyFitnessPal and LoseIt!
help individuals track their diets and physical activities, and the use of FitBit and other
wearable devices encourage users to make
sure they meet their activity goals each day.
Research shows that these employer wellness
programs really work, especially when it comes
to shifting the paradigm from reactionary
treatment to the prevention of serious
illnesses. To that end, employees of these
progressive companies are able to boost
their personal productivity, reduce their