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Lebanon Hospital Foundation Receives $150,000 Grant

By Ian Rollins

Now is an excellent time to help Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital provide care to the growing rural east Linn County area. Thanks to a major grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the hospital’s expansion project will be greatly impacted as will the ability for Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation to reach their desired campaign goal. 

The Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation is raising $2 million toward the Surgery and Emergency expansion project at the hospital. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has announced it will finish off the foundation’s Emergency Room Renovation Campaign with a grant of $150,000, which will be available once the foundation raises the remaining $212,000 for the campaign.

“It’s our goal to use this generous grant to inspire others to join us in this important renovation,” said Betty Koehn, executive director of the hospital foundation. “We will receive the $150,000 grant once that amount is all we need to complete the campaign. Right now, every gift at every level gets us one step closer to receiving this ‘top-off’ grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust.”

Construction continues on this expansion, with a total cost of $11 million and completion expected in spring 2018.

Dorman Construction crews are currently building new Emergency patient rooms in the hospital’s former Surgery Department space. Once those rooms are finished this summer, the existing Emergency rooms will be remodeled.

When it’s done, the department will have 21 private patient rooms, including two large trauma rooms, two nurse stations and a waiting room twice the size of the current waiting room.

This expansion follows the construction of the hospital’s new Surgery and Same Day Surgery Departments, featuring 14 private patient rooms, two large surgical suites and a procedure room. These departments opened last fall.

Established by the late Melvin J. Murdock, co-founder of Tektronix Inc., the mission of the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, cultural and spiritual base in creative and sustainable ways. The trust awards grants to a wide variety of organizations, including those that serve the arts, public affairs, education, scientific research, health and medicine, human services and people with disabilities.

To make a gift to the campaign, or for more information, call the foundation at 541-451-7063 or 541-451-6303.