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Foundation Seeks Photos for 12 Days of Giving

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Pacific Communities Health District (PCHD) Foundation presents the 12 Days of Giving online campaign beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at samhealth.org/12Days. Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser are earmarked for the remodel of Samaritan’s walk-in and occupational medicine clinic space in Newport.

“This year has been unique as we have sought fresh ways to safely engage our community in improving access to quality health care for everyone,” said Ursula Marinelli, executive director of the PCHD Foundation.

“Traditionally, our friends and neighbors would gather for a formal evening to enjoy conversation, food and libations. The atmosphere in the room was always electric as people tried to outbid each other for a worthwhile cause,” Marinelli continued. “This year, during each of the 12 Days of Giving, we invite everyone to engage with us in unique ways, including a behind-the scenes tour of the new Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, and be inspired to give.”

Photo submissions: The public is invited to begin participating now by submitting holiday photos. Virtual halls will be decked with your photos, showcasing your most memorable holiday ornaments and featuring you and your loved ones in your best holiday attire from past galas or other celebrations. If you have photos to share, contact Regional Development Specialist Karla Clem at kclem@samhealth.org to learn about the different photo themes.

About the remodeling project: Samaritan Walk-In Clinic and Samaritan Occupational Medicine – Newport provide health care services to tens of thousands of our community’s residents, business owners and visitors each year. When construction for the new hospital began in 2015, these clinics were co-relocated to a temporary modular structure, now situated in the parking lot next to the Center for Health Education. The modular structure provides adequate temporary space but was never meant to be a permanent location.

To provide a permanent home and improve access to quality health care, the Pacific Communities Health District purchased a building on the corner of Highway 101 and SW Abbey Street. The building’s interior will be remodeled to include six exam rooms for walk-in care, two exam rooms for occupational medicine, a procedure room and dedicated spaces for hearing tests and drug screenings. Eventually, an X-ray unit will be installed and blood draws for lab work will also take place on site.

For more information about the project and how you can help maintain these vital services, contact Ursula Marinelli at umarinelli@samhealth.org or Karla Clem at kclem@samhealth.org.