Meet Brian Vandetta
Brian Vandetta is a lifelong Lebanon resident who joined the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation board of trustees in 2007. It’s a decision he’s glad he made.
“All of us on the board look forward to the meetings, because we hear updates on all the positive things Samaritan is doing around our community,” said Vandetta, owner of Udell Engineering & Land Surveying, LLC. “We all leave feeling uplifted about what’s happening.”
Vandetta grew up in Lebanon, and he only left for four years to attend Oregon State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He worked for Udell Engineering during the summers while he was in college, and then full-time after college. He purchased the business from Jim Udell in 2007.
Prior to his involvement with the LCH Foundation, Vandetta said he wasn’t fully aware of Samaritan’s involvement in Lebanon. It’s not his only commitment: He coaches several youth sports, is a member of the Lebanon Optimist Club and he and wife Amy are heavily involved with the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Santiam.
Since he joined the LCH Foundation board, Vandetta has been impressed with the role the foundation plays in the community. “I can say that the foundation is an amazing asset to the hospital and Samaritan as a whole, in terms of financial and moral contributions,” he said.
He has donated his time to the design work for the healing garden at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, as well as the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany. In addition, he and his wife Amy are M Club-level donors (meaning they give $1,000 or more to the foundation each year), and Amy volunteers much of her time with the ABC House child abuse assessment center.
“It’s easy to get behind an organization that gives so much to the community,” Vandetta said. “Samaritan has been an important catalyst in the community for a number of years. Whatever you give to the foundation will be used wisely and locally, to benefit Samaritan’s programs and projects in east Linn County. Everything you give comes back to the community in a much larger fashion.”