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Legacy Emanuel receives grant for new chapel from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Portland, Ore.  (Sept. 6, 2023) – Legacy Health Foundation has received a grant from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to build a new campus chapel at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

The $250,000 grant will help construct a serene, non-denominational 1,200-square-foot facility on the campus accessible to patients, visitors and staff 24/7. The space will serve several functions: providing a welcoming space for prayer, reflection and meditation; hosting education and enrichment activities; and serving as a sacred space for public gatherings that serve the spiritual and emotional life of the hospital and the community.

The new Emanuel Campus Chapel will be a visible reminder of Legacy’s commitment to caring for the whole person: body, mind and spirit. A dedicated sacred space within a healthcare environment assists in nurturing a healthy workforce and an unparalleled patient experience.

Legacy Health has a strong tradition of spiritual care, with a staff of chaplains who, upon request, help people of all faiths by providing spiritual, emotional and non-judgemental support regardless of religious affiliation or spiritual path. The Legacy Emanuel Medical Center is also home to the longest continually running Clinical Pastoral Education program on the West Coast, where professional chaplains, pastoral educators and community faith leaders receive training.

To learn more about supporting the Emanuel Campus Chapel, please contact Heather Martin at 503-413-7384, or visit

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


About M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.



Alyson Evans