Samaritan awards nearly $220,000 to support local health initiatives

Jul 5,2012

The five hospitals affiliated with Samaritan Health Services have awarded a total of $219,100 in Social Accountability grants to 30 local service organizations to support health-related initiatives in the region during the next year. Social Accountability grants are awarded within Benton,  Lincoln and Linn counties. 

Funding decisions are made by committees consisting of employees and board members at each Samaritan-affiliated hospital. Funded programs typically address unmet needs of underserved populations and improve overall community health. Social Accountability grants are part of the larger Samaritan Community Health Promotion/Community Benefit program, which encompasses the organization’s efforts to build healthier communities by providing direct and in-kind support for health-related services such as health screenings, health professions education, health research and community health activities.

Community benefit also encompasses the charity care that Samaritan provides to low-income patients. In 2011, Samaritan invested more than $121 million in community benefit activities and services.

Social Accountability grants awarded:

Benton County

  • Alsea Clinic - $10,000 for the Rural Health Care Support program
  • Benton County Oral Health Coalition - $35,000 for oral health support
  • Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence - $10,000 for transitional housing services for domestic violence survivors
  • Corvallis Drop-in Center - $10,000 for the Communicable Disease Prevention project
  • Furniture Share - $2,000 for the Beds for Kids program
  • Old Mill Center - $25,000 for the Rally Around Families Together Relief Nursery
  • Parent Enhancement Program - $15,000 for the Healthy Kids/Safe Families program


Lincoln County

  • Altrusa - $3,000 to provide dental care for women
  • Angels Anonymous - $2,500 for basic program support
  • Backpack Food Program - $4,000 for the Nourishing the Body that Nourishes the Mind Program
  • Centro de Ayuda - $5,000 for the Community Health Education and Medical Interpreters program
  • Food Share of Lincoln County - $5,000 for the Local Growing, Growing Healthy program
  • Friends of the Newport Senior Activity Center - $2,000 for the Senior Aqua Circuit Fitness program
  • Lincoln City Meals on Wheels - $5,000 for the Senior Meals on Wheels program
  • Lincoln County Joint Transportation Committee and Lincoln County Transit - $9,000 for the Lincoln County Medical Access Partnership
  • Neighbors for Kids - $4,000 for the My Health, My Life program
  • Newport Lions Club - $4,000 for the Community Sight and Hearing Assistance program
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program - $7,250 for the Healthy Living for Seniors program


Linn County

  • ABC House - $9,125 for counseling and advocacy program
  • Family Tree Relief Nursery - $3,625 for the Early Childhood Therapeutic Preschool Program
  • FISH of Albany - $10,000 for guest house support
  • FISH of Lebanon - $5,000 for emergency basic needs for Lebanon families
  • Lebanon Basic Services - $3,500 to purchase and distribute hygiene items and basic household supplies
  • Mighty Oaks Children’s Therapy - $3,500 for the Let Us Hear Your Voice Too program
  • Pregnancy Alternatives Center - $4,000 for the Healthy Moms and Safe Babies program
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Lebanon - $3,000 to support its food pantry
  • Sweet Home Emergency Ministries - $6,000 to provide milk and hot meals
  • Sweet Home Pregnancy Care Center - $1,600 for the Baby Safety program
  • United Way of Linn County - $12,000 for dental services for low-income residents in the Albany area