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    • This is the most important thing I've ever done. Marion Moir Newport, OR

    • I first noticed the importance of mental health resources after my Marines returned home from Fallujah, which was the worst battle since Hue City, Vietnam. That experience positively changed how I debriefed my Marines after missions during my two deployments. As the Veterans Navigator with Samaritan, I meet with veterans every day and see the impact Mental Health First Aid can make. I believe through education we can help eliminate the stigmas associated with mental illness and provide mental health care on the frontlines. Kyle Hatch

    • I felt safe and well taken care of at all times. It was very pleasant and the best hospital experience I've ever had. The staff was caring and helpful.

    • I was really concerned. His heart failure had weakened him so much. When he can't breathe or sleep well at night, it makes everything worse. I know the sleep center is very busy, but they got us in so quickly and the personnel there were the kind of people you can only hope will take care of you when you need help.  -Spouse of Samaritan Sleep Disorders Center patient

    • Physical, mental and emotional health are so interrelated as to be inseparable. Volunteering at InReach has led me to a greater appreciation of my good fortune. I am exposed to people in need and to great people who provide service as volunteers. I always get back much more than I put in. It’s great to be involved in a public service that improves the lives of those around us. Dan Bedore InReach volunteer

    • Made a lifetime difference. Kind, compassionate and personal care was over the top.

    • The staff at The Arts Center in Corvallis know about art's curative powers. The center's work since 2003 with cancer, dialysis and mental health patients at Samaritan Health Services hospitals has taken off, providing patients with a chance to make art, working with professional artists to enjoy live music in the hospital and to participate in creative writing programs. The Oregon Arts Commission

    • I had a good outcome because of the competent care I received at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. But another part of that was the comfort of being here in my home community. To look out the window while I was in ICU and see the ocean where my grandchildren play and surf and sail and fish. To have people you know in the community who are also your caregivers. To be able to have normal conversations with staff about something other than your medical care. We weren’t just surrounded by competent nurses, we were surrounded by friends. That’s one of the things you really feel at a community hospital, and it’s special. Kathleen Grady

    • I took bits and pieces of broken scraps of clay and formed them into art - just like my life has been broken, I know it can once again be beautiful in a different way. Patient Participant

    • I believe that good health care is one of the most important priorities in our communities.  As a Samaritan Society member, I am proud to be a part of a group of donors from across our region who support our local hospitals at a significant level. Steve Uerlings

    • I retired after 25 years from The Boeing Company in Seattle in 1997. At age 55, my husband and I moved to the central Oregon Coast, and I felt a real void in my social life being new in the community, and not knowing a soul. I started volunteering and have made so many friends in the past 15 years, four of which have been at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. I think volunteering and keeping active really helps to improve your wellness and health. It also keeps you young and gives you an opportunity to give back to others in your community. It’s a win-win situation! Carole Jackson Auxiliary volunteer

    • Education makes a huge difference. I learned this is not a death sentence, and that it doesn’t define me. It’s been life-changing in a good way. Vicki Stevens Albany

    • The food is delicious, the staff is wonderful and I love all of my neighbors here. Beverly Kitchin Wiley Creek Resident

    • The people were great, from the housekeeper to the hospitalist.

    • As longtime residents of Albany and part-time residents of Lincoln City, our lives have intersected with Samaritan Health Services for many years. As we started to think about leaving a legacy, we were first drawn to help with the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House project and have since become aware of the critical importance of Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in meeting local needs. It is very rewarding to see our contributions put to use locally and to make a difference in the lives of our own community. Steven and Jerri Tubbs, Samaritan Society Members

    • I felt safe and well taken care of at all times. It was very pleasant and the best hospital experience I've ever had. All of the staff were so caring and helpful.

    • The mission of the Mario and Alma Pastega Family Foundation is to lend a helping hand by giving back to the communities that have supported our successful businesses. Our family is privileged to play a role in making the Samaritan Pastega Regional Cancer Center a reality. Through this, as well as other important projects and programs we support, we aspire to cultivate a passion for giving back in the next generation. Ken Pastega

    • My friend Pat Burrell has been a volunteer at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital for several years. She kept telling me how rewarding it is to volunteer here, so I decided the time was right to join her. It’s as rewarding as she said it was! The people here are so friendly with such positive attitudes. Peggy Sweet SLCH volunteer

    • Everyone was so respectful, helpful and kind. I had a wonderful stay and everyone was wonderful to my family! I can't thank the staff enough.

    • Care and communication are always excellent.

    • Thank you for your tireless efforts working on my critically ill family member. The teamwork you showed was truly amazing.

    • I am a clinical social worker with a passion for increasing awareness and understanding about mental health. Mental Health First Aid training is a great vehicle for spreading the word that stigma is hurtful, the mind and body are both vulnerable to illness, and recovery is possible.  Jana Svoboda

    • I really enjoy volunteering in Cardiac Rehab at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. I feel like I am making a positive contribution to the overall health and well-being of the community. I always have opportunities to learn new things and interact with others in a very positive way. The people I work with are great, and I think my volunteer work provides me with an opportunity to spend quality time with patients. William Hutmacher Cardiac Rehab volunteer

    • I am a foster and adoptive parent of three children who have significant trauma and mental health concerns. This experience has led me to work in children's mental health advocacy and become the Executive Director of CASA of Linn County. As one of the area's first Mental Health First Aid trainers, my passion is educating our community to decrease stigma and increase people's ability to help others. Hilary Harrison

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