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Legacy Health pauses all nonurgent surgical procedures


Kristin Whitney

Legacy Health         

PORTLAND, ORE. – August 23, 2021 – The Delta variant is creating a significant strain on our hospitals and staff and in the coming weeks Legacy Health is projecting an unprecedented number of hospitalizations. Legacy has made the decision to implement surge plan measures that will address the increase in COVID-19 patients and staff shortages, which will help protect the health of our community, our patients, and our staff.

Effective Monday, August 23, Legacy Health is pausing all non-urgent surgical procedures for a period of two weeks to create bed capacity inside our hospitals for critically ill patients. We will continue to assess and modify scheduled procedures throughout the organization to ensure we have the right resources available to care for the needs of our communities.

Legacy will safely and effectively implement surge plans in concert with health systems across our region while ensuring the highest level of compassionate, quality health care for all our patients.

Legacy’s surge plan allows us the flexibility to adjust patient care standards to provide the best possible care given the circumstances and resources available. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated and follow Governor Brown’s mask mandate so that together, we can put an end to this dangerous virus.  


About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is a locally owned, nonprofit health system driven by our mission to improve the health of those around us. We offer a unique blend of health services – from wellness and urgent care to dedicated children’s care and advanced medical centers – to care for patients of all ages when and where they need us across the Portland/Vancouver metro area and mid-Willamette Valley. With an eye toward a healthier community, our partnerships tackle vital issues such as housing and mental health. Legacy strives to help everyone live healthier and better lives, with the vision of being essential to the health of the region. For more information, visit