Wallowa Memorial Hospital is a 25 Bed Critical Access Hospital and Level IV Trauma Center. Built in 2007, Wallowa Memorial Hospital serves the residents and visitors of Wallowa County.
A Brief History
In 2007, the citizens of Wallowa County celebrated the opening of the newly constructed Wallowa Memorial Hospital, replacing one built in 1950. At the cost of $23 million, the 25-bed critical access hospital (CAH) is a Level IV trauma center and serves the roughly 7,000 residents of this remote, rural valley in northeast Oregon. With the building of the new hospital, health care in Wallowa County was brought into the 21st century and has become a model of rural health care.
The incredible challenge of building a new hospital in a rural area could not have been met without the support and resolve of the community. The generosity of so many allowed a far-off dream to become a reality. Wallowa County has attracted and retained top-quality medical talent thanks to the investments made. The community continues to support its health care system through the Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation, founded in 1991, and the Wallowa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, raising money to support the hospital since the 1950s.
The Wallowa County Health Care District is the governing body of Wallowa Memorial Hospital and Wallowa Valley Senior Living, a residential care home that replaced the aging nursing home in 2012. The District was formed by a vote of the people in 1992 and consists of an elected five-member board of directors that meets monthly with hospital leadership to help guide the continued success of Wallowa Memorial Hospital and Medical Clinics and Wallowa Valley Senior Living.