News Archive

June 2016
Unity Center Monthly Update: June 2016

May 2016
Unity Center Monthly Update: May 2016

April 2016
Hiring continues with new Nurse Managers and our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Medical Director

Unity Center Monthly Update: April 2016

March, 2016
Unity Center Monthly Update: March 2016

Greg Miller, M.D., M.B.A., has been appointed chief medical officer of Unity Center. Read more.

February, 2016
Unity Center Monthly Update: February

January, 2016
Unity Center Monthly Update: January
Dr. Chris Farentinos, Storm Large and Sheila Hamilton discuss mental health at Portland City Club: January 22, 2016
Dr. Chris Farentinos is named Vice President of Unity Center for Behavioral Health

Press Releases
August 13, 2015
February 5, 2015

December, 2015
Unity Center Monthly Update: December

November, 2015
Unity Center Monthly Update: November

November 19, 2015
A “breaking down barriers” wall-breaking event today marked the official start of construction for The Unity Center for Behavioral Health. Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury joined officials from all four sponsoring health systems, and major supporters to officially begin the remodeling work on the Holladay Park location.  Supporters also got the first look at design concepts and plans for the new site.

November-December, 2015
Unity is on KINK fm! Listen to Sheila Hamilton and Dr. Chris Farentinos discuss the Unity Center.

October, 2015
Unity Center Monthly Update: October

October 14, 2015
Portland City Council unanimously voted to award $500,000 toward the creation of the Unity Center.

September 25, 2015
Unity’s Board of Managers begins search for Unity clinical leaders.
Unity Monthly Update: September

September 24, 2015
Unity’s Board of Managers have been selected. Board of Managers Announcement

September 11, 2015
Transitions of Care (ToC) Cabinet has been created to improve patient transitions. The Cabinet has designated three workgroups (adult transitions, adolescent transitions, minority transitions) with the aim of mapping current state, current gaps, desired state and recommendations. Transitions of Care Cabinet Announcement

August 13, 2015
$20 million gift from the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust ignites Legacy Health’s campaign to tackle Oregon’s behavioral health crisis.
From Maureen A. Bradley, MBA, senior vice president and chief development officer, Legacy Health

August 12, 2015
Adventist Health, Kaiser Permamente, Legacy Health and Oregon Health and Sciences University sign a Joint Operating Agreement.
From George J. Brown, M.D., FACP, president and chief executive officer, Legacy Health

July 27, 2015
A workshop was conducted with architects to perfect the patient and family flow through Unity Psychiatric Emergency Service. Over 20 people, from staff, county directors, peers and advocates attended and gave their expert input on architectural models.

June 29-July 2, 2015

Staff from all participating organizations plus county officials, EMS, Fire Bureau, Medicaid payers, peers, family members of patients, and many others spent four days imagining the new psychiatric emergency service at Unity. 3D models were created to help the architects with the first design.

May 15-18, 2015
Staff from Unity collaborative attend American Psychiatric Association meeting in Toronto. A booth was set up to promote the Unity concept of care and to recruit professional staff.

April 30, 2015
Staff from the partner hospital systems tour the future space at Legacy Health’s Holladay Park.

March 2015
Architectural planning and design officially underway.

February 5, 2015
The partnership is official with the Letter of Intent signed by all four Unity partners.
From George J. Brown, M.D., FACP, president and chief executive officer, Legacy Health

From Maureen A. Bradley, MBA, senior vice president and chief development officer, Legacy Health

June 23-24, 2014
Unity leaders visit John George Hospital, a psychiatric emergency center in Alameda County, CA, to learn more about Psychiatric Emergency Service (PES) operations.

December 8, 2014
From Maureen A. Bradley, MBA, senior vice president and chief development officer, Legacy Health