About Us

About Us

Providing exceptional, person-centered care

About Us

Your Health Care Home

Choosing which hospital you will entrust with your care is not an easy decision.

At Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH), we have created a community hospital that you can be proud of and trust to be your healthcare partner. The CMH health clinic and medical center in Astoria has been serving families living and visiting the North Coast and Lower Columbia region since 1880.

With a team of more than 600 caregivers, we are deeply committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our community, always seeking new ways to innovate and advance our level of care and service. In today’s complex and ever-changing world of medicine, CMH will always strive to be your trusted choice for care and the place you forever call your healthcare home.

  • Growing to Serve
  • Excellence
  • Vision & Mission
  • Our History

More Than Just a Hospital

CMH is the fastest growing rural hospital in the state of Oregon. We are a full-service, not-for-profit, Level IV Trauma and Critical Access Hospital located in Astoria and one of only five remaining independent hospitals in the state.

CMH’s health clinic and medical centers are a hub for healthcare in the region. The main hospital includes private, inpatient suites, an emergency department that is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians from Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU), a newly renovated family birthing center, state-of-the-art surgical program, full-service lab, advanced radiology services, and more.

The CMH Health & Wellness Pavilion, located adjacent to the hospital, is home to many of our specialty service providers and our Women’s Center. Off of the main campus, CMH continues to expand its reach and services through satellite clinics in Warrenton and Seaside, Oregon.

CMH offers Medical Excellence without the Miles. Through a unique academic/rural partnership with OHSU, CMH provides advanced emergency, surgical, cardiology and cancer care.

Our Commitment to Excellence

Planetree: Creating Person-Centered Care In Healing Environments

CMH has the distinction of being one of the first Planetree-Designated hospitals in the world. As of 2019, it is now Planetree Gold-Certified. Established in 1978, the Planetree organization is a global leader in advancing Person-Centered Care. The Planetree certification represents the highest level of achievement in patient-/person-centered care based on evidence and standards in five core areas.

Our Planetree Gold Certification signals to our community and all those we serve that CMH is a person-centered health system, where providers partner with patients and families, and where patient comfort, dignity, empowerment and well-being are prioritized with providing top-quality clinical care.

The planetree, or sycamore, is the tree that Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, sat beneath when he began teaching his medical students many centuries ago. The Planetree model was founded on the belief that if patients have access to information regarding their illness and hospitalization, they can become active participants in restoring their own health. Learn more about how we “Live Planetree” at CMH.

People-Centered – Quality Driven – Service Focused

In addition to adopting the five drivers of Planetree, we strive to develop and implement tools and processes that promise a culture of safety and service excellence for every patient, at all times. We make a promise to our patients that we will provide exceptional service at our facilities that is respectful, compassionate and customized to the individual’s needs by anticipating what they want and giving more than they expect.


Columbia Memorial Hospital is a Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) accredited hospital. HFAP is a nationally recognized healthcare facility accreditation organization, with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). HFAP meets or exceeds the standards required by CMS to provide accreditation to all hospitals, ambulatory care/surgical facilities, mental health facilities, physical rehabilitation facilities, clinical laboratories, critical access hospitals and stroke centers.

Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

The mission of Columbia Memorial Hospital is to provide excellence, leadership and compassion in the enhancement of health for those we serve.

Vision Statement

The CMH medical center in Astoria shall provide exceptional, person-centered care and be the provider of choice of appropriate clinical services within our service area. We will grow select clinical services through partnership opportunities and remain an independent, not-for-profit, community health care organization. We will provide access to primary and specialty care, enhance our facilities, remain fiscally responsible and create the best place to work for our employees, professional staff and volunteers in a safe environment.

Our History

Columbia Memorial Hospital traces its roots back to 1880, when the Sisters of Providence founded St. Mary’s Hospital in Astoria, Oregon. It was the region’s first and only hospital until the early 1900s.

In 1919, Astoria’s Finnish community began Columbia Hospital. The Lutheran Church took over the project and solicited funds from congregations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. In 1927, Columbia Hospital opened as a not-for-profit facility. In 1971, Columbia Hospital purchased St. Mary’s Hospital.

During the mid-1970s, the Columbia Hospital Board of Trustees approved a site for a new hospital. The present-day Columbia Memorial Hospital opened in 1977.

Columbia Memorial Hospital, or CMH, continues to be a not-for-profit hospital that receives no tax support from the city of Astoria or Clatsop County and remains dedicated to serving and improving the health of our community.

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