Our History

Our History

Although each of Samaritan’s five hospitals enjoy a long history of service to the community, the history of the regional network that is Samaritan Health Services is little more than a decade old.

Born of a common mission to provide exemplary health care and keep decision-making local, Lebanon’s Mid-Valley Healthcare and Corvallis’ Samaritan, Inc. merged in 1997 to form the not-for-profit Samaritan Health Services (SHS).  The merger reflected the belief that the integrated organization could serve the community more effectively and efficiently.

Two years later, they were joined by Albany’s FirstCare Health.  Then, in the early 2000s, SHS expanded to the central Oregon Coast.  SHS now operates the hospitals in Lincoln City and Newport as part of long-term lease/operating agreements with the North Lincoln Health District in Lincoln City and the Pacific Communities Health District in Newport.

Today, the five SHS-affiliated hospitals – together with dozens of affiliated physician clinics, several health plans and a senior care facility – continue to serve their local communities while working to “build healthier communities together.”