Lebanon hospital foundation receives $600,000 toward Samaritan Center, garden

Dec 30,2013
The Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation has received $600,000 in grants and pledges from the Ford Family Foundation and Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Auxiliary 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.

“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. “The Ford Family Foundation’s generous grant helps 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.

The hospital auxiliary has pledged $200,000 over the next five years toward the overall project. This is the second such pledge from the auxiliary, which this year fulfilled 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.

The Ford Family Foundation awarded a $400,000 grant to the project. Established by the personal philanthropy of Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford in 1957 in Roseburg, the Ford Family Foundation’s mission is for successful citizens and vital rural communities across Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif.

For more information about the hospital foundation, or to contribute, call 541-451-7063 or visit samhealth.org/LCHF. For more information about the hospital auxiliary, call 541-451-7062 or visit samhealth.org/Lebanon. For more information about the Ford Family Foundation, visit tfff.org.