Lebanon hospital CEO Pape receives national award

May 14,2013
Becky Pape, CEO of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, has been honored as the American Hospital Association’s 2013 Grassroots Champion for the state of Oregon.

The AHA partners annually with each state hospital association to recognize a hospital leader within that state who:
  • Demonstrates exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital’s mission.
  • Effectively educates elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community.

“We depend upon strong local voices to help tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. “This award is a small token of our appreciation for the hard work and dedication of these individuals to improving health and health care in America.”

Pape, of Corvallis, has held numerous nursing and administrative roles with Samaritan since 1987. She has been CEO at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital since 2004. Under her leadership, the hospital developed its nationally recognized Healing Garden, Emenhiser Center for infusion patients and Health Career and Training Center. The hospital also recently finished upgrade projects to its critical care unit and infant nursery.

Community support was a large part of each of these projects, a testament to Pape’s leadership and Samaritan’s commitment to east Linn County. She has led the hospital to embody Samaritan’s mission of providing non-medical opportunities for healthy living, including the hospital’s eight-year partnership with Build Lebanon Trails and the recent addition of the SamFit health and fitness center in Lebanon and Corvallis.

“The community support we’ve received over the years, and the community engagement in our initiatives for healthy living, have been rewarding in and of themselves,” Pape said. “It’s a tremendous honor now to be recognized nationally for our hard work and successes.”
She also serves on the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Board of Trustees, as chair of the board’s Small Rural Committee and  chair-elect of the Oregon Healthcare Workforce Board.

“This is a tremendous honor for Becky, for the dedicated employees of Samaritan Health Services, and for the community in and around Lebanon,” said Andy Van Pelt, chief operating officer of OAHHS. “This recognition is an excellent example of the good work of all our hospital members, who on a daily basis commit their time and talent to advocating for their patients and their communities, as part of their mission to deliver superior health care services at a local level. Leadership is the key to change and Becky embodies that quality."