Recent Accomplishments

Samaritan Center and garden project receive grant funding
The Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation has received $635,000 in grants and pledges toward the capital campaign for the Samaritan Center and adjoining garden. These funds will apply toward the foundation’s Samaritan Health Sciences Campus capital campaign. The campaign’s goal is to raise $2.5 million for the conference center and one-acre garden. Gifts include:

  • A $35,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation’s (OCF) Betty Lou Roberts Fund and the Tim and Jo Ann McQueary Fund. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds, OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships. For more information about OCF, visit
  • A $200,000 pledge over five years from the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Auxiliary. This is the second such pledge from the auxiliary, which fulfilled in 2013 a $200,000 pledge from 2008 that helped finance the campus’ entrance piece at the corner of Hwy. 20 and Mullins Drive. The auxiliary raises these funds through the hospital’s Garden Grounds espresso stand, Caring Corner gift shop and other fundraising sales throughout the year. For more information about the auxiliary, click here.
  • A $400,000 grant from the Ford Family Foundation. Established by the personal philanthropy of Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford in 1957 in Roseburg, the foundation’s mission is for successful citizens and vital rural communities across Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. For more information about the Ford Family Foundation, visit

"This exciting project not only greatly benefits the residents in rural east Linn County, it will also be a significant and valuable resource for our entire region,” said Bob Adams, member of the hospital foundation board of trustees and chairman of the capital campaign. “These generous gifts help to make this possible.”

The Samaritan Center hosted its first event in October. The 12,000-square-foot facility can accommodate groups as small as five to as large as 600 indoors – more in an indoor-outdoor setting with an outdoor patio overlooking the future garden.

For information on scheduling an event at the center, call 541-451-1000. Construction work is taking place now for the garden, with a completion date set for next spring. Kurisu International of Portland is directing the work on this garden. This is the third Kurisu project with Samaritan in Lebanon – the firm also designed the hospital’s Healing Garden and the entrance to the health sciences campus.

For more information about the hospital foundation, or to contribute, call 541-451-7063 or click here.

Foundation scholarships help get health career students on their way
The Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation administers scholarships for several types of health careers, from physician studies to entry-level careers. Since 1998, the foundation has administered 38 scholarships to students with addresses in Lebanon, Brownsville and Sweet Home.
The foundation’s longest-standing scholarship is the Frank Girod, MD, Medical Scholarship. Established by the family of the late Dr. Girod, the scholarship is available to students enrolled in medical school. A total of 23 students have received a Girod scholarship since 1998.
One student is Laurene Reed, at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest (COMP-Northwest). "It is an honor to be attending COMP-Northwest, and I hope to apply what I learn toward becoming a family medicine physician with a subspecialty in obstetrics,” Reed said. “I am so thankful for the generosity of the Girod family, and one day, I plan to help other students of medicine in the same way."
Nursing students can apply for the foundation’s Rachel Easton, RN Scholarship, established by the family of the late Rachel Easton, RN, who served as a nurse at Samaritan’s Park Street Clinic in Lebanon. Since its inception in 2007, the $1,000 scholarship has helped nine nurses with their tuition.
Tiffanie Cuilla, a nursing student at Linn Benton Community College (LBCC), is a recent Easton scholar. “After I graduate from nursing school, I plan on continuing my education in order to become a nurse practitioner,” Cuilla said. “My dream is to be able to practice medicine in less fortunate communities. I am extremely grateful to all of those who are involved with the Rachel Easton, RN Scholarship. This generous scholarship will decrease my financial burden and allow me to focus on learning. Thank you all for helping to make my dreams come true.”
John and Carol Dinges of Lebanon offer the Dinges Scholarship through the foundation, to high school graduates pursuing an entry-level health career program at LBCC. They have awarded the $1,000 scholarship to six students since 2010.
Mickayla Dennis of Lebanon received the scholarship in 2015. “I plan to pursue the field of nursing, and possibly later become a physician assistant,” Dennis said. “I chose these careers because I enjoy taking care of people and because my great grandpa always told me I would be fantastic at it. I would also like to thank the Dinges Committee for awarding me for this scholarship; because of them I'll be able to pursue my dream.”
For more information, visit Samaritan’s Linn County scholarships page.

New equipment purchased and programs funded
The Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation allocated more than $134,000 for equipment and projects earlier this year. Examples include:
  • Professional Development: Partial funding for SimMan bleeding mannequin for training
  • Girod Birth Center: Infant warmer for birthing operating room and renovation of a labor/delivery/recovery room
  • Main Street Family Medicine: Medical assistant work station remodel (partial funding), power surgery table, bariatric wheelchair and reclining phlebotomy chair and tray
  • Nutrition Services/Infusion Services: That’s My Farmer cancer nutrition program
  • SHS Referrals: Non-adjustable standing desk stations
  • Engineering Services/Infection Prevention: Fluk-985 particle counter for air purity
  • Samaritan Orthopedics: Barrier-free power exam table
  • Mid-Valley Pediatrics: Funds for Reach Out and Read book program
  • Emergency Department: Icare instrument for human eye pressure measurement
  • Samaritan Center: Digital wireless audio tour guide system and event stage, ramp and cart
  • SHS Lifeline: Lifeline for east Linn County subscribers
  • Chaplain Services: Funds for prayer yarn ministry and clothes closet
  • Emenhiser Center: Charting area remodel, two desk computers and one laptop
  • ArtsCare: Harp music for the Emenhiser Center and ArtsCare-commissioned art piece
  • Sweet Home Family Medicine: New paint for exam rooms
  • Imaging: Long bone length imaging software