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After a failed attempt to strike a deal on a joint children's hospital with Emanuel Hospital and Health Center in the early 1990s, Oregon Health Sciences University is courting new suitors.
OHSU, Kaiser Permanente and the Sisters of Providence are considering ways to collaborate on high-risk obstetrics and specialized pediatric care.
OHSU already is planning a massive upgrade to its antiquated Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Kaiser is looking at long-range planning needs for its membership-driven hospitals, and Sisters, with a smaller pediatric presence, wants to find ways to handle its growing demand.
The alliance, however, seems driven more by attempts at gaining efficiencies than by any dramatic growth in service demands. A 1991 consultant's study used when OHSU and Emanuel were considering a joint children's hospital …