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

  • "I came to Samaritan for mainly one reason: my co-residents. It really does feel like I have known this group for a long time and I feel completely at home with them, not to mention the amazing attendings and work staff. This program provides the perfect place for me to learn not only the necessities, but also to expand my OMT skills and let me follow personal interests through my training." Justin Bruno

  • 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

  • “This is the best gym I’ve seen in Albany.” These are the words of Will Murphy, a wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles, who grew up in Albany and graduated from West Albany High School. Back home for a month at the beginning of 2015, Murphy came to SamFit Albany on the recommendation of several friends, and he liked what he saw. “I’m impressed with the free weights and squat racks. A lot of gyms today just focus on the machines. It’s hard to do the conditioning the coaches want us to do, just on the machines, so it’s great to have the free weights at SamFit.” He was also impressed with how easy the SamFit staff made it for him to join. “I asked them if they’d let me join just for a month, and it was no hassle.” Looking for a gym? Look no further than SamFit, Murphy said. “They have new equipment, a lot of open space and high-quality people to take care of you.”

  • 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 Waldport

  • 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 Corvallis

  • 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

  • "I love the community/family feel of the program. Residency is tough for any specialty, in any location. Here in Corvallis you can focus on learning because you know you’re supported by a great group of residents and faculty." Jessica Sanders

  • 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 Albany and Lincoln City

  • Tom Owen enlisted in the US Army in October 1966, completed basic training at Fort Ord, California and AIT at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He was deployed from Jan. to June 1968 with 2nd ID in Korea and July 1968 to July 1969 with 36 Signal Battalion in Camp Evans Vietnam. Owen worked for 17 years as a forest contractor providing forest management planning, tree planting and selective logging using draft horses to minimize environmental impact. He has coordinated and chaired To Your Health a summer concert series for the community, served on the boards of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital and Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation, the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, the City of Lebanon Planning Commissioner and the City of Lebanon Technical Advisory Board for Planning and Zoning. Owens has also served the VVA as the Vice President and President of Chapter 585 setting up a scholarship endowment that, with the hard work of 585 members, has nearly $70,000 that readily distributes yearly scholarships to veterans and their family members. He has also served as Oregon State Council Vice President and President, National Board of Directors/Region 8, Vice Chair an Chair of the National Agent Orange Toxic Substance Committee and Special Advisor for the National VVA Agent Orange/Dioxin Exposure Committee. As Agent Orange Chair/National Vice Chair, he assisted with and participated in, 37 Agent Orange town halls and informational presentations serving over approximately 5,200 veterans and family members in the past four years with several others on the horizon. These events covered cities from Brookings, Oregon to Kalispell, Montana. One event in Bellingham, Washington was the first of its kind to draw Vietnam Veterans from Canada. Another event held at the Portland VA Hospital was also the first town hall of its kind with the long-term and generational effects of toxic exposures. As a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America National Board of Directors, Oregon State Council President and now a Veterans Advocate as a member of the National Vietnam Veterans of America Agent Orange/Dioxin Exposure and Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America Toxic Exposure Committees, Owen made 18 trips to Washington, DC and Silver Springs, Maryland over the last six years to promote veterans issues, not only in committee meetings, but with multiple trips to Capitol Hill to lobby face-to-face with legislators. Two of these trips were with party leadership and eventually had a major influence on national legislation concerning veterans issues.  Owen also has experience assisting veterans with obtaining benefits and needed care.  Tom Owen

  • Nancy Switzer is the past and founding president of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America. As the current co-chair of the AVVA National Committee for Toxic Exposure, She was instrumental in convening the very first Agent Orange town hall meeting, held in 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky. Switzer has held numerous positions within AVVA, having been associated with Vietnam Veterans of America since 1981. She is proud of her role in establishing the AVVA Veterans Service Officer program and authored the Paper Safe, an estate planning guide for veterans and their families. Switzer has received the Vietnam Veterans of America Commendation Medal and Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America’s National President’s Medal, the first associate member to receive this recognition, the Humanitarian Award and Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains. Nancy Switzer

  • 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.

  • Dr. Tom Berger is a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and founding member of VVA Chapter 317 in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Berger served as a Navy Corpsman with the 3rd Marine Corps Division in Vietnam during 1966-68. Following his military service and upon the subsequent completion of his postdoctoral studies, he's held faculty, research and administrative appointments at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, the State University System of Florida in Tallahassee and the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as program administrator positions with the Illinois Easter Seal Society and United Cerebral Palsy. After serving as chair of VVA's national PTSD and Substance Abuse Committee for almost a decade, he joined the staff of the VVA national office as Senior Policy Analyst for Veterans Benefits & Mental Health Issues in 2008. In June 2009, he was appointed Executive Director of the VVA Veterans Health Council, whose primary mission is to improve the health care of America's veterans through education and information. Dr. Berger has been involved in veterans advocacy for over thirty years and he is a member of VVA's national health care, government affairs, PTSD & substance abuse, toxic substances and women veterans committees. In addition, he is a member, and the former Chair, of the Veterans Administration's (VA) Consumer Liaison Council for the Committee on Care of Veterans with Serious Mental Illness in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the VA's Mental Health Quality Enhancement Research Initiative Executive Committee based in Little Rock, Arkansas and the South Central Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Center based in Houston, Texas. Dr. Berger also holds the distinction of being the first representative of a national veterans service organization to hold membership on the VA's Executive Committee of the Substance Use Disorder Quality Enhancement Research Initiative in Palo Alto, CA and serves as a committee member on the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors veterans work group. He has also served as a member of the National Leadership Forum on Behavioral Health-Criminal Justice Services with the CMHS-funded national GAINS Center and as a reviewer of proposals for both the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs and PCORI.  He is a current member of the Education Advisory Committee for the National Center for PTSD in White River Junction, Vermont, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Advisory Board for the National Crisis Center in New York and serves on both the Scientific Committee and the Veterans Advisory Council for Suicide Prevention Initiatives in New York City. Most recently he was appointed to the VA Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee and the VA's Vietnam Health Evaluation Retrospective Observational Study Steering Committee. Dr. Berger has addressed veterans health care issues on local Washington, D.C. and national media outlets including CNN, ABC, BBC, NPR International, National Geographic and other electronic media outlets. He has also addressed these issues before FDA committees and justice department commissions, and on many occasions, has presented on-the-record testimony before both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees, subcommittees and other federal agencies regarding mental health, substance abuse and related health issues affecting America's veterans. Dr. Berger's varied academic interests have included peer-reviewed research, published books and articles in the biological sciences, wildlife regulatory law, adolescent risk behaviors, domestic violence, substance abuse, suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder and other veteran-related health issues. He currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland. Tom Berger

  • 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 Corvallis

  • 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

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