Nearly half of OHSU’s adult and pediatric patients reside in rural Oregon or neighboring states. Many struggle to find temporary housing in Portland when they travel to OHSU for complex treatments, including surgery, bone marrow transplants and clinical trials. The OHSU guest house -- named in honor of Gary and Christine Rood of Vancouver, Washington, who made a transformational $12 million gift in April 2016 -- will meet a sizable demand for comfortable, affordable housing convenient to OHSU.
More than 3,000 patients and families a year will stay in 76 guest suites -- half are reserved for pediatric patients and half are reserved for adult patients. The building features a number of amenities important to families, including places to rest, work, prepare meals and gather, both indoors and out. For patients traveling from around the state and beyond, the guest house provides quick access to treatment – it’s steps away from the Center for Health & Healing clinics and a Portland Tram ride away from OHSU and Doernbecher hospitals on Marquam Hill.
The guest house is operated in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & Southwest Washington. OHSU contracts with RMHC to provide services and programming to all pediatric families and management services for adult patients.
- See families move into the Ronald McDonald House