Stop 24

Stop 24: Grand & Multnomah

Red Robin Gourmet Burgersmore, 1139 Grand, while Charley’s Restaurant & Bar is at 435 Northeast Wasco, next to the Courtyard Portland Downtown/Lloyd Center.

Kaiser Permanente has a large presence is this area. Henry Kaiser employed tens of thousands of shipyard workers in California, Oregon and Washington during World War Two.

Kaiser constructed two large shipyards in the region —one on Swan Island, formerly the site of Portland’s municipal airport, and one on the the Columbia River, a mile east of Vancouver. The company set a record when the Joseph N. Teal was built in ten days in the fall of 1942. In all, the Oregon Shipbuilding Yards delivered 455 ships to the U.S. Maritime Commission.

As the shipyards began closing down after World War II, the termination of the health plan was imminent and a small number of physicians decided to offer a health plan to the community.Kaiser Permanente, was founded in 1945 and is today one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans, serving more than 9 million members, with headquarters in Oakland, Calif.

It consists of hospitals and their subsidiaries, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Permanente Medical Groups. The Kaiser Grand Avenue Dental is at 1314 Grand, while the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group is in the 500 Multnomah tower.

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