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Tuality Community Hospital

Tuality Community Hospital is a non-profit, general care medical facility located in Hillsboro in the U.S. state of Oregon. The 167-bed facility was founded in 1918 in downtown, and is one of two hospitals in Hillsboro, Washington County’s most populous city. Tuality has partnerships with both Pacific University[1] and Oregon Health Sciences University.[2] At six stories tall, the main building is tied for the tallest in the city with the Hillsboro Civic Center.[3]

Tuality Community Hospital
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LocationHillsboro, Washington County, Oregon, United States
Coordinates45°31′09″N 122°58′41″W / 45.519188°N 122.978039°W / 45.519188; -122.978039Coordinates: 45°31′09″N 122°58′41″W / 45.519188°N 122.978039°W / 45.519188; -122.978039
Care systemMedicare/Medicaid/charity
Hospital typegeneral
Affiliated universityPacific University
Emergency departmentAcute care
ListsHospitals in Oregon



Tuality traces its roots back to 1918 when Minnie Jones Coy started a small six-bed home-hospital in Hillsboro at Second and Oak Streets.[4] Two years later, the facility moved to Seventh and Oak in Hillsboro, expanded to 18 hospital beds, and was renamed Jones Hospital. In 1940, the hospital opened a new building with 28 beds. That addition included a nursery and delivery room, operating rooms, and an x-ray room. Six years later, another expansion was completed, with additional surgery areas, another delivery room, and a laboratory.[4]

In 1952, Jones died at age 57, leaving the 74-bed hospital to her estate.[4] Two years later, the estate sold the facility for $250,000 to a non-profit community group, who renamed it Tuality Community Hospital.[5] The hospital was expanded again in 1960, increasing the number of beds to 84. In 1970, the building was remodeled to add an intensive care (ICU) and coronary combined unit.

In 1973, a new orange brick facility was built; with that, much of the pre-1960 building was demolished. The revamped three story hospital had 93 beds, opened on February 17, 1973, and cost $6 million.[5] In 1978, a fourth floor with 44 beds was added, and a year later, other sections of the building were expanded to allow for respiratory therapy, nuclear medicine, pathology, and biomedical engineering, among other services. With the 1982 purchase of Forest Grove Community Hospital in nearby Forest Grove, Oregon, the ownership group created the Fontus healthcare organization in 1983.[4] Expansion of the hospital continued in 1985 when a fifth and sixth story were added to increase capacity to 181 hospital beds. The expansion included a new laboratory and expanded surgical and x-ray facilities.

Construction of the Tuality Health Education Center adjacent to the hospital continued expansion in 1986.[4] A new birthing center was opened in May 1987 with ten single room suites for expectant mothers that was named state of the art by the American Institute of Architects.[6] In 1988, a 20-bed Extended Care Rehabilitation Center was created within the facility, reducing the number of hospital beds to 167. In 1996, a 400 car parking structure was built at the hospital campus. Two years later, an expanded birthing facility opened and MAX Light Rail expansion included a stop at the hospital. In 2002, the first open heart surgery at the hospital was performed and a cancer treatment center was opened as a joint project with Oregon Health Sciences University.[2][7]

In 2003, a 129,000-square-foot (12,000 m2) medical office building was finished adjacent to the hospital, with expanded doctors offices and a sky bridge to the main hospital. Tuality added eight hospitalists to the staff in 2005.[8] In 2006, Pacific University opened their new 105,000-square-foot (9,800 m2) Health Professions Campus at Tuality Hospital for housing their College of Health Professions.[9] The hospital was given permission by the city to add a mid-block crosswalk on Eighth Street in 2008.[10] The crosswalk connects the hospital building to the medical office building, and Tuality will later close the street entirely to traffic on that block.[10]

Construction began on the Hillsboro Intermodal Transit Facility in 2009, which was a joint project of Tuality Healthcare, Pacific University, and the city that added additional parking along with facilities to support bicycle use.[11] The facility opened in September 2010.[12] In August 2010, the area around the campus became part of Hillsboro's Health and Education District.[12] The hospital earned an A rating in December 2012 for safety from the Leapfrog Group.[13]


Tuality Community Hospital

Tuality Community Hospital is located in a six story orange-brick building in downtown Hillsboro between Tualatin Valley Highway. The facility contains a department of nuclear medicine,[14][15] a cardiac intensive care unit, a special skilled nursing ward for rehabilitation of long-term injuries,[16] an obstetrics unit, department of orthopedics, department of neurology, a cardiology department, and emergency care.[17] Additionally, there is a private heliport for transporting patients to and from the facility.[18] Tuality Hospital contained a 22-bed short-term skilled nursing unit, but this unit was closed in 2003.[19]

The hospital discharges 7,287 patients annually with a total of 28,908 patient days of hospitalization.[20] Quality indicators for 2005 include: average heart attack death rate, average balloon angioplasty death rate, average heart bypass surgery death rate, average gastro intestinal hemorrhage death rate, average congestive heart failure death rate, average hip fracture death rate, average stroke death rate, and average pneumonia death rate.[21] Tuality Community Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO)[17] and the College of American Pathologists.[22]

Tuality HealthcareEdit

Tuality Hospital is operated by Tuality Healthcare. Tuality Healthcare is a not for profit, community healthcare organization that operates one other hospital, a health foundation, medical plazas, urgent care centers, an education center, and various other medical offices.[4] Additionally they operate Tuality Health Alliance, a medical provider network in the Portland metropolitan area.[4]

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  1. ^ Suh, Elizabeth. Pacific University seeks expansion. The Oregonian, September 7, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Harrington, Patrick. Tuality Healthcare, OHSU open cancer center. The Oregonian, October 7, 2002.
  3. ^ Bermudez, Esmeralda. Plan highlights. The Oregonian, November 16, 2006.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g About Us. Archived 2007-05-03 at the Wayback Machine. Tuality Healthcare. Retrieved on March 24, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Tuality Hospital begins in home. Hillsboro Argus, October 19, 1976.
  6. ^ Sisson, Mary (October 19, 1989). "Hospitals switch to single-room birthing". The Oregonian. pp. B4.
  7. ^ Harrington, Patrick. Tuality will pair up for heart surgery: The health care group seeks to serve the Hillsboro area’s rapidly growing and aging population. The Oregonian, July 27, 2000.
  8. ^ New Tuality doctors will stay in-house. The Oregonian, March 3, 2005.
  9. ^ Health Professions Campus. Pacific University. Retrieved on November 21, 2007.
  10. ^ a b Suh, Elizabeth (January 17, 2008). "Hillsboro OKs giving street to Tuality hospital". The Oregonian. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  11. ^ Gordanier, Susan (August 16, 2009). "Ceremony marks start of intermodal transit facility construction". The Hillsboro Argus. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  12. ^ a b Parks, Casey (September 3, 2010). "Hillsboro christens Health and Education District where medical providers and educators converge". The Oregonian. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  13. ^ Korn, Peter (December 6, 2012). "Portland-area hospitals earn passing grades in new ranking". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  14. ^ Clinical Investigations. The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Retrieved on March 24, 2008.
  15. ^ Harrington, Patrick. Tuality home to gallbladder experts. The Oregonian, December 26, 2002.
  16. ^ Stout, Heidi J. Money makers ...and the services that drain the system. Portland Business Journal, May 11, 2001.
  17. ^ a b Hospital Directory: Tuality Healthcare. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved on November 21, 2007.
  18. ^ Tuality Hospital. Retrieved on March 24, 2008.
  19. ^ Tuality Community Hospital. Retrieved on March 24, 2008.
  20. ^ Individual Hospital Statistics for Oregon. American Hospital Directory. Retrieved on March 24, 2008.
  21. ^ 2005 Oregon Hospital Quality Indicators. Archived 2007-02-17 at the Wayback Machine. Oregon Department of Administrative Services. Retrieved on March 24, 2008.
  22. ^ Oregon Hospital Quality Indicators: Hospital Specific Reports. Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine. Oregon Department of Administrative Services. Retrieved on March 24, 2008.

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