Legacy Meridean Park Hospital
Hello, my name is John Gorgan and I am a general science, health science, and chemistry pre-medical student at Portland State University. Throughout my academic journey, the adversities I have been faced with have been met with new ingenuity the more I have progressively fallen in love with the medical field and public health. As a volunteer at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital, I plan on extending the services and care that I provide to the coming inpatients and visitors while doing my part in informing everyone about the great work done at Legacy!
Respect- Treat all people with respect and compassion
Service- Put the needs of our patients and their families first
Quality- Deliver outstanding clinical services within healing environments
Excellence- Set high standards and achieve them
Responsibility- Be good stewards of our resources, ensuring access to care for all
Innovation-Be progressive in our thinking and actions
Leadership- Serve as a role model of good health and good citizenship
History Of Legacy Meridian Park
Located in Tualatin, Oregon and originally known as “Southwest Hospital” during its proposal period in 1968, Legacy Meridian Park opened in 1973 and is operated by the Legacy Health System. Here at Legacy Meridian Park, the hospital functions as a private and non-profit, specializing in acute care. With almost eight hundred employees trained and ready to help, this hospital is known as one of the busiest hospital in Oregon as it serves Tualitin, Tigard, Sherwood, Wilsonville, King City, and Lake Oswego.
Volunteering at Legacy
As a Runner for the Patient Access Department, I am located primarily at the Main Entrance. My assignment involves walking patients from patient access to a variety of different services and locations. Such services and locations may include but are not limited to; Imaging, CT scanning, MRI’s, Dexa Scans, Mammography, X Rays, Nuclear med, ICU, IMCU, Endoscopy, Short Stay Surgery, and Outpatient Labs. In addition to working closely with the Patient Access Staff, I also operate the hospital tubing system to send documents from Patient Access to other departments within the hospital.
New Changes and Challenges
During the expansion project that Legacy Meridian Park Hospital is currently involved in, the North Entrance was going to be altered into a patient discharge area while the “East Entrance” of the facility would become known as “North Entrance”. The problem that arises from such a critical move is the North Entrance Volunteers that are located there to help and serve the hospital. Where will this body of volunteers be moved and what sorts of adaptations can we create to adjust accordingly?
Reflecting On my Experiences with Legacy
Beginning to understand what it means to be an effective change agent has become an important step in my academic career. With over half a decade in volunteer experience at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital, the experiences and lessons learnt have been priceless. Being immersed in the hospital environment with direct patient contact has acted as a binding agent, bringing new opportunities and passion to the existing love that I have for medicine. The way that the body of staff and volunteers have welcomed me at Legacy has inspired me to never turn my back on a person in need and to uphold the values of diversity, equity, and respect. By prioritizing the patient care and experience I will be progressive in my thinking and actions for Legacy Health, and as a future physician.
By changing the current North Entrance into “Patient Pick Up” and the East Entrance into “North Entrance”, the Family Birth/ICU entrance will be named to match its correct geographic location on campus while the “Patient Pick Up” renaming is better suited for the services provided at this location. In order to assure effective communication skills, the hospital organized a body of volunteers/staff including myself, to brainstorm different solutions to how we can implement this new volume of volunteers into the main entrance in a way that is both thoughtful and in contribution to a more effective workflow with Patient Access.