Legacy Emanuel celebrates 100 years in the community

Legacy Emanuel celebrates 100 years in the community
Legacy Emanuel was founded by the Rev. Carl Renhard in 1912. At that time the hospital was operated out of a three-story house on Southwest Taylor Street and was nicknamed the 'gingerbread house.' A major surgery back then cost $15. Photo courtesy of Legacy Health's Facebook page.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A long-time Portland hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and they're inviting you to the party.

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center was founded by the Rev. Carl Renhard in 1912. At that time the hospital was operated out of a three-story house on Southwest Taylor Street and was nicknamed the 'gingerbread house.' A few years later, the hospital moved to its current location in North Portland.

Fun Facts

When Legacy first opened, a major surgery cost $15.

The smallest baby born at the hospital was a girl who weighed just 1 pound, 4.25 ounces. That was back in 1948. The girl survived and 21 years later gave birth to her own child at Legacy Emanuel.

In 2000, conjoined twins who were connected at the abdomen were born at the hospital. They were successfully separated.

For more on the hospital's history Exhibit at the Oregon History Museum

Earlier this year, Legacy opened the Randall Children's Hospital, which features a 24-hour pediatric emergency department and individual rooms where patients and their parents can stay together.

Patients move to new children's hospital

The Celebration

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the community is invited to the hospital, located at 2801 N. Ganteinbein, to hear remarks from Gov. John Kitzhaber and learn about the history of the medical center.

The event will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and there is also much more planned, including:

Emergency vehicle tours: Life Flight helicopter, ambulances, a fire truck Hands-on demonstrations: Virtual reality pain management system used in the Legacy Oregon Burn Center and the da Vinci surgical robotic system used in the operating room Red Cross blood drive - preregister online (use sponsor code legacyemanuel) Bone marrow donor registry drive Helmet fitting and sale - just $5 for bicycle/multi-sport helmets Unveiling of a history exhibition focusing on the Eliot neighborhood from the late 1880s to present day Free cupcakes and entertainment