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Your hospital care

We want your hospital stay to be as comfortable, safe, and supportive as possible.

Family-centered care

Legacy's hospitals truly focus on the family, emphasizing patient and family involvement in everything we do. We are supportive of family members participating in your care, if you desire. Their increased awareness of your need for rest, support and encouragement to exercise, and their willingness to help with daily activities and responsibilities will be a great benefit. Your nurse will help your family gain the skills and confidence necessary to help with your recovery.

Your physicians

While you're in the hospital, your care may be coordinated by a "hospitalist," a specialist in the field of internal medicine who cares only for hospitalized patients. While your Legacy hospitalist is caring for you, they have no outside clinic obligations and devote their full attention to your hospital care. Hospitalists communicate regularly with your primary care doctor about your condition, along with any specialists you might need. All Legacy hospitalists maintain American Board of Medical Specialties certification to practice internal medicine.

Obstetric (OB) hospitalists care for our maternity patients at Legacy Emanuel and Legacy Salmon Creek. They work with each patient's own OB, midwife and/or maternal-fetal medicine doctor.

Nursing care

Legacy's nursing staff plays a key role in your care at the hospital. Legacy nursing staff are primarily registered nurses who are supported by licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants. They assess your needs and encourage you to become an active participant in your plan of care. Feel free to ask the nurses questions regarding your care while you are hospitalized. 

Social services and continuing care

Care managers are available to you and your family to address any concerns about your care after you leave the hospital. Just call the hospital operator and ask for social services. The care managers can help with:

  • Discharge planning assistance, including for patients who cannot immediately return home
  • Financial counseling related to discharge planning
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Referrals to nearby motels

For your protection

You will notice that your caregiver wears gloves, gown, mask or protective eyewear when performing some of your care. These items are for your safety and that of your caregiver as required by Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standards and hospital policy.

We encourage our patients to be proactive in their own care. We expect all caregivers who have physical contact with their patients to wash their hands before and after contact. If you do not see this happening, remember:


See Find a Provider if you need a physician referral, or call our referral specialists at 503-335-3500 or 360-487-3500 during business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Teaching programs/students

All Legacy hospitals are teaching institutions. Education programs are conducted throughout the hospital and may involve medical students, residents, nursing students and students in allied health professions. In some areas of this hospital, your care may involve persons who are in an academic program under the supervision of a qualified health professional. Feel free to discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor or nurse.

Interpreter Services

Legacy has access to interpreters for nearly 200 languages. If you feel more comfortable in a non-English language, we may be able to provide an interpreter. Please notify the staff person when making your appointment or when your arrive. The service is free.

To learn more, go here or servicio de intérpretes médicos.