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 541-451-6305. 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.

How donors impact my department:
An interview with Emenhiser Center manager Beth Gasperini

Chemotherapy and infusion are not common services among small community hospitals. The Emenhiser Center at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital is an exception to that general rule, and the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation is a large part of the reason for this facility’s success.

“It’s unique, to have an infusion center this nice and this extensive at a small hospital,” said Beth Gasperini, nurse manager of the Emenhiser 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.

An oncologist from Samaritan Hematology & Oncology Consultants in Corvallis is on-site at the Emenhiser Center two to three times a week to see patients.

Gasperini said the center sees 25 to 30 patients a day. Although exact patient numbers were not available, Gasperini said 2013 has been a busy year thus far in the center.

The foundation’s funds serve the center in numerous ways: Equipment purchases, scholarships for low-income patients who need transportation to their appointments, and a weekly visit from a harpist are a few of the patient benefits. In addition, the foundation raised every dollar for the construction of the Healing Garden in 2005.

“Most recently, the foundation purchased an ultrasound for peripheral IVs,” Gasperini said. “This makes it easier for us to start an IV on patients whose veins are difficult to find. We’ve already extensively used this machine.”

Aside from the excellent care her staff give their patients, Gasperini said the foundation should be commended for everything it has done at the Emenhiser Center.

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

New equipment purchased and programs funded
The Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation allocated $194,645 for equipment
and projects earlier this year. Examples include:
  • Surgery and Emergency departments: SonoSite advance needle visualization and portable ultrasound system
  • Diabetes Education: Two glucoses sensor monitors
  • Lebanon Surgical Associates: Hydraulic bariatric surgery table
  • Physical Rehabilitation: Partial funding for remodel at Sweet Home Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
  • Emenhiser Center: Ultrasound machine, privacy curtains and harpist musical therapy
  • Wound/Ostomy: Exam chair and vital sign monitor
  • Samaritan Medical Home: Five locked portable medication dispensers
  • Girod Birth Center: Hearing screening machine for newborns and cabinet for scrubs
  • Sweet Home Family Medicine: Two spot monitors and rolling stands
  • Laboratory: Vacuum for the Lab Chemistry Department
  • Chaplain: Funds for the Prayer Shawl Ministry