PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield ranks sixth in national “beautiful hospital” contest

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield

July 20, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Thanks to an outpouring of support from caregivers, patients and community members, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend ranked sixth in a national contest to determine the most beautiful hospitals in the United States.

With 11,215 votes, RiverBend placed sixth among 68 finalists from across the country. RiverBend was the only finalist in Oregon.

“The honor takes on special meaning as RiverBend approaches its 10th birthday on August 10,” said Marcy Marshall, director of strategic communications and engagement for PeaceHealth Oregon. “We’re so grateful that more than 10 years ago, this community stepped forward to build a regional medical center that is beautiful inside and out. RiverBend’s setting along the river, its design, art and furnishings all were chosen to provide a comfortable, healing environment for patients and caregivers. But, of course, the most beautiful aspects of our hospital are the people who work in it and the patients they serve.”

The annual contest is sponsored by Soliant, an Atlanta-based specialty health care staffing provider.  The contest received more than 250,000 total votes for the 68 finalists in 2018.

“Being named among Soliant’s most beautiful hospitals is a significant achievement,” Soliant President David Alexander said. “Each winner joins a distinguished list of outstanding hospitals committed to delivering first-class patient care in environments that foster healing.”

The voting period was from June 1 to July 20. This description of RiverBend was taken from PeaceHealth’s nomination letter:

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, Ore., is gorgeous inside and out. The 347-room hospital on 181 scenic acres along the McKenzie River is warm and inviting, and staff are friendly and caring. RiverBend’s lodge-like lobby, with a towering stone fireplace, comfortable seats and grand piano, makes you pinch yourself and ask, “Is this really a hospital?” RiverBend was designed by an architectural firm better known for grand hotels than medical centers. The design was intended to create a tranquil, comfortable setting for families and patients managing health issues. Art throughout the campus was carefully chosen to reduce stress and promote healing.  Many of RiverBend’s patient rooms have views of the river, woods and hills. The campus has nearly three miles of bike and walking paths. Patients at this regional medical center truly have an opportunity to experience the healing power of nature.

Learn more here about Soliant’s Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. 

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at

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