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News Samaritan Awards More Than $200,000 in Community Grants

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The five hospitals affiliated with Samaritan Health Services have awarded a total of $217,250 in Social Accountability grants to 33 local service organizations, to be distributed over the next 12 months.

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 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 2014, Samaritan invested more than $122 million in community benefit activities and services.

The 2015 Social Accountability grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Benton and Linn counties
ABC House        
Benton County Oral Health Coalition*     
Boys & Girls Club of Albany
CASA of Linn County
Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence     
Corvallis Drop-In Center         
Corvallis Environmental Center     
Family Tree Relief Nursery          
FISH of Albany 
FISH of Lebanon
Jackson Street Youth Shelter, Inc.
Lebanon Basic Services
Old Mill Center        
Pregnancy Alternatives Center
Retired Senior Volunteer Program             
St. Vincent de Paul
Sweet Home Emergency Ministries     
Sweet Home Pregnancy Care Center
Vina Moses Center       
Volunteer Caregivers  
     
*Benton County Oral Health Coalition is a collaboration that funds Benton County Health Department, Love INC, Strengthening Rural Families and Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis
     

Lincoln County  
Centro de Ayuda       
Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County   
Community Services Consortium-Head Start    
Court Appointed Child Advocates – CASA    
Family Promise           
Neighbors for Kids       
Northwest Coastal Housing      
Partnership Against Alcohol & Drug Abuse    
Retired Senior Volunteer Program     
Senior Meals on Wheels      
Yachats Youth & Family Activities Program

Learn more about Samaritan’s community benefit activities at samhealth.org/CommunityBenefit