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The five hospitals of Samaritan Health Services have awarded a total of $624,960 in Social Accountability grants to 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 Benefit program, which encompasses the organization’s efforts to build healthier communities by providing direct and in-kind support for 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 2016, Samaritan invested more than $133 million in community benefit activities and services. 

To be eligible for funding, programs must:

  • Focus on unmet needs in underserved populations
  • Be collaborative, involving partnerships with other organizations
  • Focus on improving the health status in the community
  • Use quality indicators to measure progress and outcomes, reporting results and sharing them widely to attract more resources
  • Plan for self-sufficiency, where appropriate
  • Operate efficiently, ideally with an administrative overhead of 15 percent or less

The 2017 Social Accountability grants were awarded to: 

Benton County 

  • ABC House
  • Benton County Oral Health Coalition
  • Benton County Drug Treatment Court
  • Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence
  • Casa Latinos
  • Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center
  • Corvallis Environmental Center
  • Grace Center
  • Jackson Street Youth Services
  • Lincoln Elementary PTA
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Old Mill Center
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program
  • Vina Moses
  • Western University of Health Sciences – COMP-Northwest
  • Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services

Linn County

  • ABC House
  • Boys & Girls Club of Albany
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Santiam
  • C.H.A.N.C.E.
  • Family Tree Relief Nursery
  • Fish of Albany
  • Fish of Lebanon
  • Jackson Street Youth Services
  • Lebanon Basic Services
  • Linn Together
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Pregnancy Alternatives Center
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Sweet Home Emergency Ministries
  • Sweet Home Pregnancy Care Center
  • Volunteer Caregivers

Lincoln County 

  • CASA of Lincoln County
  • Coastal Range Food Bank
  • Community Services Consortium – Head Start in Lincoln County
  • Lincoln County School District – HELP Program
  • Lincoln County School District – LIFT Program
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Neighbors for Kids
  • North End Senior Solutions
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program
  • Seashore Family Literacy
  • Yachats Youth & Family Activities Program, Inc.

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