Current Priority Projects at the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation

Foundation raising support for Emergency/Surgery expansion

The exterior structure of the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital expansion is taking shape, with the first phase of the project scheduled for completion in August 2016.

The hospital is expanding its Emergency, Surgery and Same Day Surgery departments to meet the health care needs of east Linn County into the future. Total project cost is $11 million, with the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation raising $2 million for the project.

Phase one includes two large surgical suites, a minor procedure room and 14 private Same Day patient rooms. This phase is scheduled to be done in August, and the hospital will host a public event in the new space before sterilizing it for surgery use.

The second and third phases will include 18 private Emergency rooms and three safe rooms for Emergency patients who need extra supervision.

The project will add 15,000 square feet of building space to the hospital, along with a renovation of 10,000 square feet of the existing hospital. The project is scheduled to be completed in early 2017.

“We are seeing an increasing number of patients through our Emergency and Surgery departments every year, and the time has come to expand both services as east Linn County continues to grow,” said Marty Cahill, CEO of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. “This project will reinforce our commitment to the health care of east Linn County. In a time when rural hospitals like ours are closing across the nation, we are committed to giving our patients more access to the services they need. We are also committed to the skilled employees on our team, and to our role as a major economic contributor in our area.”

The foundation currently has several high-profile naming opportunities as part of its campaign for this project. For more information, or to make a gift, call Betty Koehn, foundation director, at 541-451-7063.

Cancer patients in east Linn County benefit from donor generosity 

The emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis is often significant. Fear, stress, anxiety, sadness and anger are just some of the emotions that someone facing a new diagnosis may experience. And, in many cases, there is the additional stress of worrying about the financial impact of a long-term course of treatment.

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital is unique among rural hospitals, in that the hospital offers chemotherapy and infusion services right here in Lebanon.

“It’s unique, to have an infusion center this nice and this extensive at a small hospital,” said Beth Gasperini, nurse manager of the hospital’s Emenhiser Infusion Center. “It’s a critical service for our patients, because otherwise they would have to travel a ways for the services we offer.”

Aside from chemotherapy for adult patients, the center is where patients go for blood transfusions and IV antibiotics for serious infections. The center has capacity for eight patients at a time, and most patients can look out over the hospital’s signature 11,000-square-foot healing garden while they receive treatment.

These services, as well as financial assistance to the hospital’s chemotherapy patients, are made possible in no small part by donors to the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation.

One significant donor, Soroptimist International of Albany, has given the foundation nearly $25,000 since 2011 for a patient assistance fund to help women who have been diagnosed with cancer or who are suspected of having cancer.

The patient assistance fund makes scholarships available to qualified Emenhiser Infusion Center patients who need assistance paying for prostheses, diagnostic tests, treatment, education materials or travel expenses for medical appointments.

Recipients include a woman who could not afford her prescribed cancer-fighting medications. The grant gave her the ability to fill her prescription and begin her therapy. Another woman was unable to keep current on her bills and still obtain the treatment she needed. The fund helped cover travel expenses so she could get the necessary care. The grant also assisted a 50-year-old widowed mother who was out of work for several months during her treatment by helping pay for travel expenses and her rent.

“The patient assistance fund has truly touched the lives and hearts of those in the community that it was meant to serve,” said Beth Gasperini, manager of the Emenhiser Infusion Center. “To be able to assist these patients has been very heartwarming for those of us who work at the Emenhiser Infusion Center. I only wish we could do more!”

Besides the funds for patient assistance, Soroptimist in 2016 gave the foundation $4,000 toward the purchase of a mammography chair for the hospital’s Imaging Department. This chair will benefit patients who are unable to stand for their mammograms.

Soroptimist is a 37-member organization, started in 1987, with an unwavering commitment to its cause by donating more than $500,000 to the Linn County community.

According to Jo Ann Banning, a charter member of Soroptimist International of Albany, “What better way for us to live out our charter of helping women and girls than by helping them with their health concerns? We are pleased to be able to help provide critical services and treatment for women who are without or who don’t have enough health insurance.”

Through a variety of events, including its hallmark Walk for the Cause, Run for a Life event, the Soroptimists raise funds that they then make available to local health agencies through a grant program.

For more information about Soroptimist of Albany, click here.

Aside from patient assistance, the LCH foundation’s funds also serve the center with equipment purchases, and a weekly visit from a harpist. In addition, the foundation raised every dollar for the construction of the Healing Garden in 2005.

“We appreciate the support of the foundation and every donor,” Gasperini said. “It makes our job easier, and it enhances the care we can give.

To donate toward chemotherapy services at the Emenhiser Center, click here. For more information, call the LCH Foundation at 541-451-7063.