Recent Accomplishments

Lebanon High volleyball team raises $4,400 for cancer services
The Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation recently received a special gift of $4,400 for cancer services from Lebanon High School’s volleyball program.

Volleyball head coach Jorden Swanson said the teams raised the money in October 2015 during a Serve-The-Cure event at one of their games. Each team member raised pledges beforehand and then hit several serves during the event. The girls received pledges for each serve they hit that stayed within the volleyball court.

Each member of the program’s varsity, junior varsity and junior varsity 2 teams participated. The players hit a total of 169 serves, netting $4,406.40.

Swanson said this is the third year the team has done a fundraising event, but the first year they decided to contribute the funds to a local organization.

The LCH Foundation will use the funds for cancer patient services through the Emenhiser Infusion Center at the hospital.

A big thank you to everyone in the volleyball program that participated!


Scholarship helps former Lebanon student start physician career
When Chad McBride, MD, was growing up in Lebanon, he and his family were patients of the late Frank Girod, MD at the Samaritan Park Street Clinic.

When McBride decided to pursue medicine as a career, he applied for and received the scholarship established in Girod’s memory.

“The scholarship helped me tremendously,” said McBride, who received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico Medical School. “It’s an invaluable contribution to people who are pursuing health careers.”

McBride didn’t start out pursuing a career in medicine. He studied political science and international studies at the University of Oregon, but he spent the first two years out of college in Guatemala, volunteering with Witness for Peace. While there, he met some volunteers from Doctors Without Borders and Doctors of the World.

“That was when I started thinking about medicine,” he said. “I wanted to help people hands-on.”

McBride worked for Catholic Social Services in Albuquerque, N.M. for a few years before applying to medical school. When he did apply, he received the Girod scholarship all four years. His wife, Brooke Page, has taught elementary school since they were married, so he said they were able to limit their debt.

Today, McBride is a hospitalist, managing the care of patients at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, Wash. He spent nine years in family practice in Wenatchee before taking the hospitalist job in 2014.

The late Dr. Girod was one of the founding members of Mid-Valley Healthcare, now Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. His family established this scholarship in his memory in 1998.

Scholarship amounts have ranged from $1,500 to $8,000. To date, 23 students have received the scholarship, totaling nearly $205,000.

Medical students from east Linn County are eligible to apply for this scholarship, administered through the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation. The deadline to apply is April 30, and recipients will be notified by June 1. The application can be found at samhealth.org/Scholarships – click on the Linn County link to find the Girod scholarship.

The McBrides now contribute toward the fund themselves. “If medical students graduate with a lot of debt, it makes practicing in less-populated areas a lot harder,” he said. “The scholarship really encourages people to staying close to home and providing care where it’s needed.”

Anyone is welcome to contribute to the Girod scholarship fund, either online or by calling the foundation at 541-451-6303.

Students interested in learning more about the scholarship can learn more here.


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