In national studies of cities of comparable size, Eugene consistently receives high marks for the excellence of its health care providers. Sacred Heart Medical Center University District in Eugene and Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in nearby Springfield are first-class facilities capable of handling all routine and emergency medical matters. In Portland, 100 miles to the north, are the world-famous Oregon Health Sciences University, and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Eugene also claims many top-notch clinics that specialize in such areas as emergency care, cancer care, family planning, substance abuse and addiction, allergies and asthma, women’s health, and health care for veterans.
In addition, more than 800 physicians, dentists, and mental health specialists in private practice offer traditional and alternative methods of care to help assure the health and happiness of all citizens.
Hospitals & Clinics
Three main Eugene-area medical facilities offer state-of-the-art treatment in 25 specialties, plus 24 hour emergency care.
Sacred Heart Medical Center University District (Eugene): A $73 million major renovation of Sacred Heart Medical Center at University District is underway. Approximately 310,000 square feet of space in four buildings dating from 1941 to 1968 will be torn down, and a replacement 104-bed, 95,310-square-foot hospital will be constructed, to open in 2014. The hospital will remain open during construction, offering services including the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit, a 24-hour Emergency Department, Oregon Rehabilitation Center, Gamma Knife Center, and Regional Infusion Center. The University District campus is home to the Center for Medical Education and Research, a partnership among the University of Oregon, Oregon Health Sciences University and Sacred Heart to train new physicians. The campus employs more than 1,000 people.
Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend (Springfield): One of the Northwest's largest hospitals, with 386 beds and the only Level II trauma center in Lane County. Key services include Emergency, Surgery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute, where the state’s second highest number of open heart surgeries are performed. The hospital opened in August 2008 and features all single-patient rooms and 24-hour visitation so family can stay with their loved ones. Drawing on Sacred Heart's 75-year heritage of care in Eugene-Springfield, Sacred Heart at RiverBend utilizes the latest in medical technology and evidence-based design to create a truly patient-centered environment dedicated to healing.
McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center (Springfield): McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center is an investor-owned acute care hospital licensed for 114 beds and serving patients in the Lane County area. A broad range of services are provided, including a comprehensive Heart Center, intensive care/coronary care, pulmonary medicine, oncology, ct scan, MRI, Women's Health & Birth Center, robotic and conventional surgery, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, Sleep Solutions Center, and a 24-hour Emergency Department designated a Level III Trauma Center.
Eugene area clinics offer both traditional and alternative physical and mental health care services.
Physician services include nearly 500 area physicians and surgeons covering 46 different fields and 12 surgical specialties.
Eugene/Springfield houses a number of social services of a caliber usually found only in very large cities. Programs for persons with mental or physical disabilities, needing substance abuse assistance, emergency assistance, family services, and volunteer services are all available in the Eugene/Springfield area.
- Emergency Assistance
- Mental Health
- Senior Services
- Substance Abuse
- Volunteer Services
- Women's Services
- Youth and Family Service
Eugene/Springfield has a long-standing commitment and tradition of livability and friendliness to people with disabilities. Lane Transit District, the area's mass transit provider, has offered service that has been virtually 100% accessible since the 1980's, several years before the federal government mandated accessible fixed-route service. The Accessibility Committee of the Eugene Human Rights Commission has assisted the City in ensuring access to public buildings, the proper placement of curb cuts, as well as publishing an accessibility directory. Lane County Direction Service, Inc. provides comprehensive information, referral, and case management for the entire county on over 300 services for persons with disabilities. Pearl Buck center; Inc. is nationally recognized for its innovations in teaching, training, and providing work services for the disabled. There are also programs through the University of Oregon, Lane Community College, the Eugene 4J School District, the Springfield School District, and private and public providers.
The provision of emergency assistance to low income individuals and families is coordinated by a group of non-profit organizations and churches. In order to emphasize coordination, a centralized direct referral system is provided by Infoline, a non-profit information and referral agency. Emergency food, shelter, and medical assistance are the most common forms of assistance provided by this network. Food for Lane County, Inc. is the umbrella organization that distributes food to over 63 agencies and on-site meal programs. The Lane County Housing Authority and Community Services Agency provide emergency energy assistance to low-income families during the winter months.
Lane County has a well-developed system for the mentally and emotionally disturbed. Those services include counseling, crisis intervention, investigations, medication monitoring, a range of shelter programs, and recreational and vocational programs that are among the best in the nation. One program, the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Lane County, provides support for the families of those suffering from chronic mental illness. There are intensive programs for the criminal offender with MED problems. Specialized programs for children who are severely disturbed and/or troubled have also been developed.
Services to our seniors in Lane County are varied and comprehensive. They range from information referral, escort transportation, and in home counseling to deliver meals and home health care. With a focus on community based care, assistance is also available to assess an individual's need for institutional care. In fact, help can even be obtained for those within institutions that have the desire and the capacity to return to a less-restricted setting.
Alcoholism and other drug dependency are a worldwide problem. Lane County offers a full range of services to individuals and families in need of counseling or treatment for chemical dependency. One of those agencies, Willamette Family is committed to providing a comprehensive continuum of services to individuals and families impacted by substance abuse or addiction. Prevention and Recovery Northwest, provides outpatient substance abuse prevention and treatment services. In Lane County, assistance for the family member and/or employee is just a phone call away.
Along with the many individual volunteer experiences available, the community also expresses its commitment to excellence through a spectrum of services specifically for the enhancement of voluntarism. United Way of Lane County, through its mission to "Increase the Organized Capacity of People to Care for One Another," provides a multitude of opportunities for corporate volunteers and organizations to effectively interact with human care agencies in improving community service. Also, the Volunteer Connection/United Way provides screening, training, and referral of community volunteers and matches individuals with skills and interests to organizations with needs.
In Lane County, assistance for women is a high priority; there are several agencies that service the needs of women in our community.
Youth and Family Services
The Eugene/Springfield area offers a broad array of youth and family services. Ranging from prevention to rehabilitation, these services provide assistance in such areas as mental health, substance abuse, family relations, juvenile justice, child welfare, youth employment, and education. There is a spirit of cooperation and partnership between the various governmental and private service providers that make up this important service network.
For more information about Eugene Health Care & Social Services, please click the following link: Health Care & Social Services