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Everyone loves a firefighter. Especially a homegrown one.

Meet Paul Corah. Born at Legacy Emanuel, he is a 30-year veteran of the Portland Fire and Rescue Bureau. Paul believes that the safety and wellness of our community is of the highest priority ... and so do we. For years he worked at the station next to Legacy Emanuel. "We took many folks to the Emanuel," Paul says. "We had a very close relationship with the hospital, especially Emanuel's burn center."

Moreover, Paul is part of a clan of siblings who each serve in roles that are central to the community. Paul has three sisters: Joan, a nurse for 30 years at Emanuel; Mary Ellen, a postal carrier; and Valerie, a teacher. "We were taught from a very early age to give back to community," said Paul.

Guess what? All four were born at Legacy Emanuel.

Born there. Trained there.
Works there.

Born at Legacy Emanuel, Leslie Root, M.D., also trained at Legacy Emanuel and now works on the medical center’s campus. “My mom felt like there was where you went to have babies,” says Dr. Root, whose three siblings were also born at Legacy Emanuel. “She had the same nurse for each delivery.”

A primary care physician whose clinic is in the medical office building at Legacy Emanuel, Dr. Root went through Legacy Emanuel’s program for training physicians. After completing her training, she looked all over the metro area for a practice that fit her style. Guess where she found one? At Emanuel.

“I liked this group,” Dr. Root says, who has been with Cascade Physicians for 14 years. “It’s a good, old-fashioned practice where the doctors want to be involved in their patient’s care.”

A life-changing adventure. An incredible recovery.

When a boulder cascading down Mt. Adams struck Jamie Hunter and knocked her 80 down feet down the mountain, it took a heroic rescue and amazing medical support to keep her alive. After 70 surgeries in 82 days at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Jamie emerged healthy, thankful and with a sense of purpose.Nine years later, she is following her dream of helping people with disabilities enjoy outdoor activities.

Two weeks on life support. 32 surgeries.
One amazing tale.

As with many people in late 2009, Tom Trautman came down with a case of H1NI “swine” flu. Unlike most others, though, Tom’s illness grew worse. Much worse.

A few days before Christmas, Tom, a father of five who lives in Camas, Washington, went into a coma and in intensive care. “Everything was shutting down, all my organs,” Tom explains. Andy Michaels, M.D., a surgeon at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, gave Tom a 10 percent chance to survive.

The H1N1 virus inflames the lungs, making it difficult for some people to breathe. The staff at Legacy Emanuel placed Tom on a machine called ECMO (for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). It is a treatment that brings oxygen to the blood outside the patient’s body, allowing the lungs to rest and heal.

Legacy Emanuel has one of the most complete programs in Oregon and used ECMO on 15 H1N1 patients, likely more than any hospital in the country.

On the 13th day of his hospitalization, was removed from ECMO after he came out of his coma. “I’ll never forget it,” says his wife, Becky. “I walked into the room and … he opened his eyes. I started bawling."

A picture of stability.
For 55 years.

In a world where things come and go, Judy Pahl, R.N., stands firm. Judy has worked as a night nursing supervisor at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for 55 years.

Judy started her training at Emanuel in 1957, when the polio vaccine was a major medical advancement. Today, transoral robotic surgery, virtual 3D pain relief and ECMO are just a few of our everyday offerings. Judy is just one reminder of Legacy Emanuel's dedication to our our community.