Special Update from Adventist Medical Center

February 10, 2011

In light of recent events that our patients may have seen or heard in the news, we offer the following statement.

1. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends who lost a loved one today.

2. We do NOT have a policy against responding to emergencies in our parking lot. In fact, we always call 911 and send our own staff into these situations whether they are gun shot wounds, heart attacks, or any other medical emergency. We have done so many times in the past year alone.

3. In this specific situation, we would like to clarify the facts:

  • A Portland Police Officer informed us of a car accident in our garage that we believe occurred at least 20 minutes prior. We advised the officer immediately call 911 because EMS have the mobile equipment to respond to a car accident.
  • Before the officer left our Emergency Department, our charge nurse directed a paramedic to go immediately to the scene. She also dispatched our first responders, who are trained security staff, to go outside to the scene of the accident. When the security staff arrived, the police were already doing CPR.
  • Then the nursing supervisor ran out to the garage. She saw that the ambulance and fire department had arrived and were actively preparing the patient for transport to our emergency room.

4. We want to reassure the community that Adventist Medical Center continues to be wholly committed to serving the medical needs of all of our patients, as we have been for more than 115 years. We want to assure all patients that we will always respond immediately to their health care needs with the highest quality medical attention.

Media Contacts

  • Public Relations: ahnw@ah.org, 503-261-4498
10123 SE Market St, Portland, OR 97216(503) 257-2500