Oakes earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Linfield College of Nursing and a master’s degree in nursing at Gonzaga University. He comes to Samaritan from Petersburg Medical Center in Petersburg, Alaska, where he specialized in rural family practice. Prior to that, he served patients as a certified nursing assistant at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in the Critical Care Unit.
“While working at the hospital bedside was entirely fulfilling, I strove to become a nurse practitioner so I could see patients in the outpatient setting and help them get their health on track,” he said. “My goal is to prevent hospitalizations, which often occur due to preventable causes.”
Oakes was raised in Monroe, Oregon, where he spent much time on his family tree farm. Away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hunting, fishing and working on his own 43-acre farm.
He is happy to be back in the area and serving patients at Samaritan.
“I look forward to being an active and engaged team member with patients and the Samaritan Cardiology family,” he said.
Samaritan provides a wide range of advanced cardiology; cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery; and electrophysiology services, with clinics in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City and Newport, and also serves patients from Eugene, Salem and neighboring areas. For more information, visit samhealth.org/Heart or call 1-877-474-7484.