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Portland, Oregon, known as the City of Roses, is a vibrant city surrounded by breathtaking beauty. You will find an ever evolving city rich with a diversity of dining and attractions, quirky neighborhoods, cultural communities, and progressive values. Situated in the northwestern corner of Oregon, 65 miles from the Pacific Ocean where the Columbia River meets the Willamette River, between the Cascade mountain range to the east and the Coast Range to the west, Portland enjoys a magnificent setting, combining sparkling waterways with lush greenery rarely found in an urban setting.


Portland has been referred to as the most environmentally friendly city in the United States with excellent bike routes as well as a very usable and well-coordinated mass transit system.

Endless discovery awaits you in Portland’s distinct culinary scene. With our world-class Willamette and Columbia Valley Wines, dozens of microbreweries, creative food carts, specialty coffee houses, and talented young chefs, Portland is consistently named “one of the most exciting food towns in the country”.

A haven for lovers of music and art, Portland offers an array of galleries, theater, events, and public art.

Nicknamed “Soccer City USA”, Portland is the proud home of the MLS Timbers and Thorns as well as the NBA Trail Blazers, the WHL Winterhawks, and the championship Rose City Rollers derby team.

Portland is known for its extensive system of more than 200 parks. Most notable is Forest Park, the nation’s largest urban wilderness with 7,500 acres of land and 80+ miles of forested trails, located a mere 4 miles from the hospital. Mount Hood’s 11,235-foot peak is just over an hour’s drive east for skiers, snowboarders, ice climbers and hikers. The scenic Oregon coast is just over an hour’s drive to the west. You can Kayak, canoe, or paddle board on any of the dozens of lakes and rivers within the Portland metropolitan area. The Columbia River Gorge is the world headquarters for windsurfing and kite boarding.


Although known for rain, Portland weather is generally mild. The average annual rainfall is only 36 inches. Our summer days are remarkable with clear blue skies and high temperature in the 80s; temperatures in the winter rarely fall below freezing with rare snowfall. The precipitation keeps Portland impossibly green.

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