After almost 28 years of providing end-of-life care for mid-valley families, Samaritan Evergreen Hospice opened the doors of its new hospice house in June. A hospice house is an inpatient “small specialty hospital” that serves dying patients who cannot be cared for in their own residences. Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House is one of only six facilities allowed in Oregon.
Located at 4600 Evergreen Place SE in Albany, the 14,390-square-foot house will serve patients from Benton, Linn, Marion and Polk counties. Most patients prefer to spend their final days in their own homes, and Evergreen Hospice strongly supports that goal, with more than 50 staff and 45 volunteers who regularly care for the dying where they live, whether that be in a home, apartment, assisted living facility or adult foster care home. Evergreen will continue to provide these in-home care services.
For some patients, the new hospice house will offer a place where their symptoms can be better managed. The hospice house will also provide respite care, giving family caregivers a break from the strain of providing care. Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House will not serve patients on a residential or long-term basis; the anticipated average length of stay will be less than a week.
The construction of the hospice house was made possible by a $4.9-million fundraising campaign led by the Albany General Hospital Foundation.
From the hospital CEO: How your support makes a difference
I believe that as a donor, you are an integral part of our health care delivery system, because you provide critical funding for equipment and programs that help us fulfill our mission at the hospital: to build healthier communities.
For example, in 2012, donors gave $1,177,826 in charitable support to the Albany General Hospital Foundation. This was a record amount, and corresponded with a record set of accomplishments that furthered our hospital’s mission. The opening of Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House addressed a service gap in our region that was vitally needed. InReach Services continued to provide a resource for low-income patients in our community who couldn’t otherwise afford access to care. The Samaritan Cancer Resource Center provided information, classes and services to local patients battling cancer. Numerous areas of the hospital and clinic were improved with foundation dollars.
Each of these examples shows how you as a donor have a direct impact on our patients, by funding programs and services, enhancing community health, and ensuring high-quality facilities. Thank you for your generous dedication to improving the health of our communities.
David Triebes, CEO
Samaritan Albany General Hospital
Cardiac Rehab program receives certification
The Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Samaritan Albany General Hospital was recently certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AAC VPR). The Cardiac Rehabilitation program participated in the one-month application process, which requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices.
The AAC VPR program certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AAC VPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AAC VPR National Certification Committee and certification is awarded by the AAC VPR Board of Directors. Certified AAC VPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.
The Albany General Hospital Foundation supports the Cardiac Rehabilitation program by providing new medical equipment and program support.