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 oregoncf.org.
- 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 tfff.org.
"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
Scholarships for diabetes education help patients stay on track
For Janice Keeter, it wasn’t a diabetes diagnosis that changed her life; it was attending the diabetes education series at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.
“There were so many things I learned about nutrition and taking care of my body that I never knew,” said Keeter. “I learned how to think about food differently and now I’m trying to get my family healthy, too.”
The diabetes classes are typically paid for by insurance, but uninsured or underinsured patients often wouldn’t be able to attend without financial assistance. That’s where the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation comes in, providing scholarships to attend the classes for qualified patients who need help paying for them.
“The series consists of three sessions, which are three hours each, and then we also follow up with individuals as needed until their diet or insulin adjustments are under control,” said Kathy Hillary, a certified diabetes educator with the hospital who teaches classes in addition to providing one-on-one counseling sessions with patients.
“The foundation granted seven scholarships in 2013, and it makes such a difference for the people who attend,” said Hillary. “We always encourage people to come back through the series after six months; they sometimes struggle at that point and coming back helps get them back on track. And there’s always something new to learn.”
Program graduates can come back to classes for free up to 12 months after completion.
“I would definitely go back,” said Keeter of attending the classes again. “I learned so much, and if there’s new information I want to know about it. People with diabetes should absolutely go, and take it seriously.”
New equipment purchased and programs funded
The Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation allocated more than $115,000 for equipment and projects earlier this year. Examples include:
- Diabetes Education: Class scholarship funds
- Mid-Valley Pediatrics: Funds for Reach out and Read program and HemoCue Analyzer
- Main Street Family Medicine: Remodel of clinic lab, computer work station arm and privacy curtains
- Lifeline Services: Scholarships for east Linn County patients
- Emergency Department: Extra probe for new Sonosite Edge portable ultrasound machine
- Imaging: Hand-held pulse oximeter
- Therapies: Infant CPAP Therapy System
- Chaplain Services: Yarn for Prayer Shawl Ministry and funds for clothes for the Clothing Closet
- East Linn MRI: MRI wheelchair with IV Pole
- Professional Development: Go Pro Camera for simulation program
- Samaritan Urgent Care, Lebanon: Digital pediatric scale and vital signs cart
- Laboratory: New ergonomic chair
- Acute Care Unit: New IV poles and SaO2 monitors
- Nutrition Services: Combination oven with stand and vacuum food sealer
- Girod Birth Center: Remanufactured birthing bed and paint/labor for patient rooms
- Infusion Services: New chair & reupholster chairs, ArtsCare harpist and electrical outlets
- Sweet Home Family Medicine: Portable vital sign cart
- Samaritan Family Medicine, Brownsville: Interior paint