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Feature Article Philanthropy is Transforming Local Health Care

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When leaders from Pomona-based Western University of Health Sciences were visiting potential sites for a medical school in the Pacific Northwest, they took notice of special features during their tour of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. In the lobby, a volunteer was playing a piano donated by a local family. Their hospital tour included a stroll through an award-winning healing garden and a well-equipped health education and training center funded entirely through philanthropy. It was clear they were visiting a special place that enjoyed strong support from the local community.

When it came time to select the location for the new medical school, Lebanon emerged as the top choice.

Donors and volunteers are sowing seeds within Samaritan Health Services that are transforming not only health care in the region, but also the communities served.

“All around us we see miraculous work – from caring for patients to community development,” said Larry Mullins, DHA, President and CEO of Samaritan Health Services, at a recent donor event. “With support from our donors, we are able to fulfill our mission now more than ever.”

Evidence of the impact of philanthropy in health care can be seen in Samaritan’s newest projects, including the Pastega Regional Cancer Center under construction in Corvallis and the newly opened Center for Health Education in Newport. Donors also sustain a core of compassionate care programs, including the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany and the Samaritan Early Learning Center in Lincoln City.

The significance of these and countless other projects can’t be overstated.

“I sincerely thank our donors for all they do,” Mullins said. “I am humbled by their involvement.”