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Annual Report 2020 Resilience in action

Looking back on a year of COVID-19

The upside of a difficult year

2020 was a year unlike any other. It didn't go as anyone planned, but I'm immensely proud of Columbia Memorial Hospital's work and progress, despite the threat of a global pandemic.

A year unlike any other

Up to the challenge

What a year 2020 was! The COVID-19 pandemic was a test of our global, national, and local health care systems.

Rising to the occasion

Staying strong and independent

It's easy to overlook how fortunate we are to have a robust medical community here at the mouth of the Columbia River.

We are fortunate

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COVID-19 voices

Before the first COVID-19 vaccines were approved for use, CMH formed a task force to tackle the challenge of getting health care workers and first responders in our area vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Committed to safety

CMH caregivers held more than 20 vaccination events for health care workers and first responders.


Our team went from giving 80 doses a day to more than 1,000.


of Clatsop County had at least one shot by May 11. These large public vaccinations would not have been possible in Clatsop County without the support of CMH.

Post-pandemic dreams

"We are in this together." "Stay safe." "Wear a mask." These words and phrases quickly became a mantra in March of last year.

Keeping hope on the horizon

Reflecting on my pandemic pregnancy

I'll never forget the day that the world shut down. Anxious thoughts raced through my mind. Would I get sick? Would I test positive for the virus? What about my baby? Would she be okay?

'Truly exceptional care'

Persevering and moving forward

Living during a pandemic is different in so many ways from living during ordinary times. Working as a health care provider these days is also different, because the disease we are facing is new.

The power of teamwork

New in 2021: Collaboration offers the best of both worlds

On July 1, 2021, you will begin to see yet another transformation within our CMH Medical Group clinics. Starting that month, all our clinic providers will be official employees of OHSU under the name CMH-OHSU Health.

Working together for better health

2020 highlights

A year of challenges was also a year of growth

Growing medical services

In 2020, CMH welcomed 23 new physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. While some new recruits replaced someone who had retired or who had sought other opportunities, 10 filled new positions, including six physicians.

Expanding services with Seaside Clinic

CMH celebrated the one-year anniversary of the CMH Medical Group & Urgent Care – Seaside in March 2021 at the Seaside Outlet Mall.

Investing in your care

CMH upgraded medical equipment throughout the hospital to improve patient safety and comfort. In 2020, the hospital upgraded its IV pumps to better prevent medication errors, medication dispensers to reduce waste and hospital beds to prevent falls.

Enhancing critical care with tele-ICU services

In July, CMH's Critical Care Unit welcomed a new, robotic member of the team. When visiting a patient, the attending physician may bring the rolling robot with them to the bedside. The robot allows an OHSU intensive care physician to see and hear patients and provide consultations on the spot.

Spirit of Caring Awards

Every year, CMH celebrates exceptional caregivers with the Spirit of Caring Awards. These caregivers have gone above and beyond to provide excellent, person-centered care.

Cancer Collaborative receives sought-after accreditation

In November, the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative received a rare honor. It was awarded Cancer Center Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC).


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Foundations for the future

Providing high-quality medical care to the people who need it when they need it is like building a three-legged stool. If one leg is short, the whole thing falls down.

It takes a village

Gifts from the heart

2020 marks CMH's third year leading the Community Christmas Food Basket program. CMH was pleased to be able to provide a holiday meal for more than 900 people and 220 families during the 2020 holiday season.

Help for the holidays