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Hospital employee campaign nets more than $1 million since 2002

Since 2002, employees of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital and its associated facilities have contributed more than $1 million to the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation.

The foundations at all five Samaritan-affiliated hospitals hold the annual Samaritan Employee Caring Campaign during October. Employees have the opportunity to pledge to any fund at any of the foundations during this period, with contributions taking effect the following calendar year.

Samaritan employees contributed $132,165 to the 2014 campaign in Lebanon specifically. Since 2002, the Lebanon hospital foundation has received $1,034,015 from employees of the hospital; its clinics in Lebanon, Sweet Home and Brownsville; the Samaritan Wiley Creek Community retirement center in Sweet Home and staff from other Samaritan sites.

The foundation administers funds for several patient services, including cancer care, childhood literacy, heart care and diabetes. The foundation also administers a fund for employee emergencies.

“It’s truly an inspiration to see the generosity and compassion of the staff at our hospital, clinics and Wiley Creek,” said Bill Rauch, president of the foundation’s board of trustees. “Community support has been important in the growth of health care services in east Linn County since the community raised funds to build this hospital in 1952. Seeing how committed our staff is to the community’s health care is a big help to us as we continue to work with the community on behalf of our services to them.”

For more information about the foundation, call Betty Koehn, foundation director, at 541-451-7063 or go online to