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GRH Compliance with Oregon's COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Corporate news | Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Contact: Mardi Ford

The mission of Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics is to provide a healing environment to protect and care for all those in need of our services. Our community deserves the peace of mind that comes with knowing that if you or a loved one needs medical care, we are here to provide that care just as we have for more than a century.

With our mission at the forefront of all we do, we have continued to fight the unrelenting COVID-19 pandemic, while also navigating a vaccine mandate sure to challenge even the strongest of relationships and beliefs. While we support compliance with Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement in order to continue our mission, we have also respected our employees’ right to make the choice whether to vaccinate or not. We provided guidelines and policies to help our employees navigate that choice, including the process for exemptions, and have offered vaccine availability for those who chose to vaccinate.

In spite of the uncertainty leading up to the October 18th deadline, we are grateful and humbled to share that more than 99% of our valued employees have chosen to stay and are in compliance with Oregon’s requirement for healthcare workers. The greatest majority of those are fully vaccinated.

We are saddened to have lost those who chose a different path. We do not diminish their efforts and we feel their absence today. We cannot thank them enough for their service to our organization and dedication to care for our community.


Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics is a state and nationally recognized and award winning not-for-profit health system that includes a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and 12 outpatient clinics. We are located in Union County, Oregon, serving our base population of more than 25,000 residents, as well as providing services for the greater Eastern Oregon region. Since 1907, Grande Ronde Hospital has led this region in efforts to stabilize and secure rural health care services for the communities we serve, while also working to improve the quality of life of all our residents. Today we employ more than 700 people, all dedicated to providing quality health care services to our patients. We offer a broad range of diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic outpatient services, a Level IV Trauma Emergency Services Department, a Family Birthing Center; Physical, Occupational and Speech Rehabilitation Therapy and Sports Medicine Services, and Home Care Services providing home health care needs. We also operate 12 primary and specialty care clinics: the Cardiology Clinic, the Dermatology Clinic, the Elgin Clinic, the Hematology & Oncology Clinic, the Neurology Clinic, the Regional Medical Clinic, the Sleep Clinic, the Specialty Clinic (General Surgery, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Otolaryngology (ENT), Podiatry, Rheumatology, and Urology), Urgent Care, the Wound Care Clinic, the Union Clinic, and the Women’s & Children’s Clinic (Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics). For more information, please visit