Healthcare on the Frontier

A glimpse of Harney County

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Recruiter Jen Hoke

About Harney District Hospital

Exterior view of front of Harney District Hospital.

At Harney District Hospital (HDH), our mission is to enrich lives through better health. A 25-bed, frontier, Critical Access Hospital located in beautiful Harney County, Oregon, HDH employees around 200 people, and is vital to its community in many ways. Despite our small size and remote location, we offer modern facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and a comprehensive range of services. Our workplace culture is centered around a commitment to high standards of service. A career at HDH provides an opportunity for professional growth and fulfillment, a chance to build sincere relationships with the patients you serve, and the freedom to chart new territory and push the frontiers of rural health care. Our vision is to be the health care partner of choice for our community.

Nursing Opportunities

Our nurses are at the heart of our caring and compassionate culture. As a nurse at HDH, you’ll have the unique opportunity to ignite new passions and develop a diverse skillset, through cross-training and working across several specialties. Our nurses take pride in their ability to deliver high-quality care across multiple units and build meaningful relationships with the patients who they care for each day. If you believe in enriching lives through better health, we welcome you to join our talented nursing team.

Nurses at Harney District Hospital enjoy:
• smaller caseloads
• more one-on-one interactions with patients
• peer mentoring and support
• training in a variety of specialties
• continuing education and career development
• close-knit relationships with coworkers

“I enjoy the fact that I have had the opportunity to learn to do so many things. I never get bored with my job and am constantly growing in my career. I work in all departments, as opposed to working in just one area at my previous jobs, which I love.”

— Christy S., Registered Nurse

Our Benefits

Our team members are our most valuable resource, and we are deeply concerned about their well-being. We take great pride in providing our employees with the necessary tools to allow them and their families to maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle. In addition to traditional offerings, team members have access to a variety of extra benefits, including relocation assistance, air and ground ambulance memberships, and an Employee Assistance Program.

About Harney County 

Harney County is a place where time seems to move slower, and folks wave as they pass each other on the street. From the captivating cracks of the Alvord Desert to the panoramic views atop Steens Mountain, the county’s wide-open spaces are a site to behold. The uninterrupted skyline is painted with a kaleidoscope of colors at dawn and dusk and bedazzled with innumerable stars at night. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the area for its abundant hunting, fishing, camping, and wildlife-viewing opportunities. Here, you’ll enjoy all four seasons and the plentiful recreational opportunities that each one brings.

Those of us who are lucky enough to live in Harney County know that our people are our greatest asset. With roughly 7,500 residents, Harney County is home to family ranchers, the vibrant Burns Paiute Tribe, a strong network of artists, employees of natural-resource-management agencies, small-business owners, and many other valued groups. Some residents are recent transplants, while others can trace their roots back hundreds of years. In Harney County, we proudly celebrate our rich traditions while keeping an eye toward the future.

Harney County is so rural that it’s considered frontier, but we don’t let our remote location deter us. Harney Countians are resourceful, creative, and innovative. We have a long history of working collaboratively and going the extra mile to take care of one another. Whether you’re enjoying the county fair, picking up your kids from school, or wandering the aisles of the grocery store, you’re bound to encounter a familiar face. Within no time, you’ll feel right at home!

Points of Interest

Steens Mountain

Diamond Craters

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Crane Hot Springs

Round Barn

Alvord Desert

Steens Mountain Loop — Steens Mountain feels like the top of the world! At nearly 10,000 feet in elevation, the Steens is truly a remote place. It offers a great view of the sunset, and if you stay the night, will offer the best stargazing in the United States. It’s true! Steens Mountain claims the darkest skies in the lower 48 states.


Diamond Craters — Diamond Craters, an Outstanding Natural Area of 17,000 acres (23 square miles), has some of the most diverse basaltic volcanic features in the nation clustered within a small, accessible area. The area displays an entire range of eruptions possible in basaltic volcanism. It was formed sometime in the past 25,000 years and now resembles a thin, rocky pancake with a few bumps.


Malheur National Wildlife Refuge — Located 32 miles south of Burns, Oregon, the Refuge Headquarters is a good starting point for your visit to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you’ll find the Refuge office, Visitor Center, Nature Store, and the George Benson Memorial Museum. This is a great place to pick up brochures, maps, and information; learn about recent bird sightings; and view interpretive panels and exhibits. Open daily from sunrise until sunset, the museum contains taxidermy mounts of many of the birds that can be found at the Refuge as well as a variety of interpretive exhibits.


Crane Hot Springs — Come for the water. Stay for the night. Located at the heart of Harney County in Crane, Oregon, the hot springs offers an unforgettable experience that you won’t find anywhere else! Whether you’re here for a romantic getaway or a fun trip with the family, Crane Hot Springs has something for you. Soak in the hot springs, relax in your own private soaking tub, or enjoy a variety of overnight accommodations and offerings.


The Round Barn — Although the exact date of construction is unknown, the Round Barn was built in the late 1870s or early 1880s and used by Cattle King Pete French to train his horses in the winter months. The unique interior of the barn was constructed from juniper posts and lumber, which was hauled from more than 60 miles away. With the exception of some minor repairs to the exterior and roof, the Round Barn remains mostly the same as it was back in Pete French’s day. The French family donated the Round Barn to the state of Oregon in 1969. If you stop by for a visit, be sure to check out the Round Barn Visitors Center and Museum.


Alvord Desert — The Alvord Desert is a 12-by-7-mile dry lakebed that averages 7 inches of rain per year. During the dry season, the surface is sufficiently flat for driving or landing a small aircraft. As a matter of fact, two women’s world land speed records have been set at the Alvord Desert. The first was set in 1976 by Kitty O’Neal at 512 miles per hour. In 2019, Jessi Combs surpassed this record at a speed of 522.783 miles per hour. While exploring the desert, don’t forget to check out the Alvord Hot Springs for a relaxing soak or visit the Fields Store for a delicious milkshake!

On the Map

Distance Post (1)

Distances to Nearby Cities

John Day, Oregon — 70 miles

Ontario, Oregon — 130 miles

Boise, Idaho — 188 miles

Bend, Oregon — 131 miles

Redmond, Oregon — 143 miles

Portland, Oregon — 282 miles

Relocation Information

Moving to Harney County? Get connected to local resources! 

Real Estate

Jett Blackburn Real Estate Inc. 
707 Ponderosa Village
Burns, OR 97720

Paramore Real Estate 
398 N. Broadway
Burns, OR 97720


Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative
567 W. Pierce
Burns, OR 97720

Harney Electric Cooperative
277 Lottery Lane
Hines, OR 97738



City of Burns
242 S. Broadway
Burns, OR 97720

City of Hines
101 E. Barnes Ave.
Hines, OR 97738


Home Heating (Oil)

Ebar Oil Company
604 Hwy. 20 N.
Hines, OR 97738

Ed Staub & Sons Propane and Home Heating Oil
429 Crane Blvd.
Burns, OR 97720

Fuel Good
19 W. Monroe
Burns, OR 97720


Home Heating (Gas)

Ed Staub & Sons
429 Crane Blvd.
Burns, OR 97720


Waste & Recycling

C&B Sanitary Service
53206 Monroe Lane
Burns, OR 97720

Rimrock Recycling
29903 Hotchkiss Lane
Hines, OR 97738

Internet Service

Century Link


Wilderness Wireless


Driver’s Licensing

Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services
252 S. Date
Burns, OR 97720



Burns Times-Herald 
355 N. Broadway
Burns, OR 97720



Harney County School District No. 3
190 Hines Blvd.
Burns, OR 97720

Crane Schools
43277 Crane Venator Lane
Crane, OR 97732

Silvies River Charter School
458 E. Washington
Burns, OR 97720

Harney Education Service District 


Community Spaces

Harney County Library
80 West D

Harney Hub
17 S. Alder
Burns, OR 97720

Harney County Chamber of Commerce 
484 N. Broadway
Burns, OR 97720


Community Resources Directory

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