The Center for Health & Healing Building 2, located on Portland’s South Waterfront, is a 15-story health care facility offering advanced treatments in a setting designed for a patient’s convenience, comfort and quick recovery. Approximately 700 OHSU employees and an estimated 600 patients will be in house every day.
The first seven floors of the Center for Health & Healing Building 2, or CHH2, are dedicated to high-acuity ambulatory care, highly complex outpatient surgery and invasive procedures, and an innovative Outpatient Care Unit where adults can stay and recover for up to 48 hours. The Knight Cancer Institute outpatient clinics, infusion and clinical trials space, and the Digestive Health Center are located on the floors above.
The project budget for both CHH2 and the nearby Rood Family Pavilion was $360 million. Of the $200 million in bonds issued by the State of Oregon as a part of the Knight Cancer Challenge initiated by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, $40 million was designated for cancer clinical trials space in the Center for Health & Healing Building 2, or CHH2, and $160 million was designated for the Knight Cancer Research Building.
From the very beginning, OHSU sought input from a variety of patients and their families in designing both buildings. Through the “Patient & Family Advisory Council,” volunteers shared their time and recommendation for creating the best possible experience for patients and families. Some council members testified before the City of Portland Design Commission to help communicate the rationale behind certain design features. One such member, Rhoni Wiswall, an OHSU patient who passed away from cancer, shared the importance of covered access for patients undergoing treatment, and on March 21, OHSU dedicated the Center for Health & Healing Building 2 skybridge to the Patient and Family Advisory Council in Wiswall’s memory.
- See photos from the skybridge dedication