Support for Nursing

We have all the "Puzzle Pieces"

Legacy is a leader in providing appropriate systems and state-of-the-art  equipment to support your practice. As one nurse put it, "Legacy has all the puzzle pieces, Cerner, PACS, Awarix and Pyxis."


Nurses need to protect their bodies. Legacy understands and cares enough to invest more than $1.3 million in electric ceiling lifts (e-lifts). The lifts have been installed in every appropriate unit throughout the Legacy system, such as the Kern ICU and the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon at Legacy Good Samaritan and the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel. Legacy Salmon Creek was constructed with lifts already in place. The lifts help both employees and patients—they reduce back strain for nurses and help staff mobilize patients faster. They also improve workflow and increase efficiency. E-lifts are also a big source of patient satisfaction. Says one Legacy nurse: "The patients don't feel stressed because we aren't tugging and pulling on them."

Electronic communication boards

Legacy is the first healthcare system on the West Coast to invest in a new technology that really makes life easier for staff nurses. The Awarix Real Time Patient Care Communication Boards use HIPAA-compliant symbols to visually show the status of every patient and room on a unit. No more having to find a chart or looking for orders in the electronic medical record—a simple glance at the board tells you patient status (such as observation, new orders, discharged) and room status (clean, dirty, occupied). The Awarix boards are integrated with the electronic medical record and Legacy's other clinical systems, so the data displayed is real time and accurate, but requires very little data entry. These electronic boards are replacing the white boards in all Legacy inpatient units.

Electronic medical record

Legacy has chosen the Epic system for its integrated electronic medical record. Electronic medical record documentation is used at all Legacy sites (known as E-Chart). Legacy Salmon Creek, however, uses a completely paperless medical record. This type of record keeping provides an extra level of patient safety as it forces standardized functions and work flows, such as cross-checking of orders, medications and allergies. This technology is being implemented at all Legacy hospitals and clinics. Our nurses are using computers to document nursing care, organize hourly tasks and schedule procedures. In addition to improving patient safety, lectronic documentation streamlines care, as many people can access the chart at the same time.

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Medication management

Medications on Legacy patient care units are distributed by the all-Pyxis model which streamlines medical delivery and provides one location for nurses to find IV solutions with additives, routine and PRNs and patient-specific medications. The Pyxis medication profile is linked to the electronic medical record and provides pharmacist order review and verification, including checking for allergies, drug interactions and contraindications. The caregiver is also able to print out a complete, timed transaction record to double-check charting accuracy. The result: improved efficiency for you and improved safety for the patient.

Carl Peterson Clinical Education Center

The 4,500 square-foot Carl Peterson Clinical Education Center is one of the leading providers of hospital-based clinical education in the region. The center features classrooms, simulation labs, clinical suites and a kitchen used for catering seminars and workshops. Highlights include one of the most sophisticated simulation labs in Portland. There are three SimMan mannequins, a birthing simulator, a neonate simulator and a child simulator. The Center is also used for orientations, in-services, continuing education courses, leadership development classes, skills and electronic documentation training sessions.