VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS), part of the VA Northwest Health Network (VISN 20) serves more than 95,000 Veterans and sees 950,000 outpatient Veteran visits each year in Oregon and Southwest Washington. VAPORHCS consists of the main tertiary care medical center overlooking the city of Portland, the Vancouver Campus in Vancouver, WA and 10 outpatient clinics across Central and Northwest Oregon.

We have numerous opportunities in Portland (and around the Pacific NW) including psychologists, nurses, physicians, med techs, PAs, rehab specialists, and more. And, when you join VAPORHCS you will be a part of a storied tradition that goes back to 1921, when the United States Public Health Service first opened a hospital for Veterans in Portland. Since then, we’ve expanded to 12 care facilities from Astoria to Newport to Bend and other sites in between, serving more than 26 counties across the Pacific Northwest.

Working with VAPORHCS and living in the area means you’ll get to take advantage of the city’s rich culture and unique charms. Here are a few reasons to pack your bags and move to Portland, OR.

Variety of neighborhoods

Portland is divided into five quadrants, each with its own defined style and appeal. The Pearl district in Northwest Portland is home to art galleries, restaurants, and retail shops. Further west are the neighborhoods of Uptown and Nob Hill, as well as the Alphabet District and NW 23rd Ave., a major shopping street lined with clothing boutiques, cafes and restaurants.


Portland is routinely cited for its commitment to being green. In 2008, Popular Science awarded the city the title of Greenest City in America. The city was also a pioneer in a program to compact urban growth boundaries of the city.

Wilderness to explore

Portland is unique in that it’s one of only four cities in the United States with extinct volcanoes within its boundaries. For scenic views of the city’s historic reservoir, head to Mount Tabor Park. For a large expanse of wilderness to explore, check out Forest Park, which covers more than 5,000 acres.

Thriving music scene

Portland has a vibrant music scene and any night of the week you can catch a show at one of the city’s many music venues. For those brave enough to take the stage, Portland is home to a number of karaoke bars.

So whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced medical professional looking for a change of scenery, take a serious look at Portland, and other opportunities in the VA Northwest Health Network. Start pursuing a VHA career and Join VA.

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Published on Sep. 15, 2016

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  1. James Daubenspeck September 23, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    As far as I am concerned the VA in the rest of Oregon is slipping back into the old habit of not retuning Lab results and or following up by the treating doctor.
    So if Portland is the place to go to for VA care you can keep it. I had great hope when the VA built the long overdue care center in Eugene, Oregon. A great site, an awesome layout, helpful staffing. But after 3 months the changes in doctor seems to be the biggest issue for me. That is a lack of response and no follow through.

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