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In Support of: Quality & Service Excellence

The Emenhiser Infusion Center at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital has long been a priority for the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation. A foundation capital campaign assisted in construction of the center overlooking the hospital’s Healing Garden, and further foundation support has allowed the center to replace its 10 aging patient chairs. The new vinyl chairs will be easy to clean and will not require the maintenance of the older chairs.

Over the past year, staff at the Emenhiser Center had nearly 7,300 patient appointments. These patients received chemotherapy, IV antibiotics, transfusions and other care at the center instead of having to go farther from home for their care.

Pictured:  Jennifer Fleishman, RN, displays one of the new patient infusion chairs in the Emenhiser Center at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

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In Support of: Community Partnership

The John C. Erkkila, MD, Endowment for Health and Human Performance was established in November 1994 through funds donated to the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation by Mr. Ralph Hull of Monroe in honor of his longtime physician John C. Erkkila, MD. Health care providers and institutions of higher education in Samaritan’s service area are eligible to apply for grants from the endowment, for projects that enhance human function and performance through clinical research, rehabilitation and/or prevention.

In 2018, the foundation awarded a grant to the Oregon State University School of Psychological Science to add a computer interface to automatically track use of Go Baby Go ride-on cars, which young children with disabilities or developmental delays can use for play and getting around. Goals are to help these children develop their social, language, cognitive and mobility skills, as well as gauge attitudes of the children’s caregivers as they develop through use of the cars.

Over the past year, the program has enrolled 22 children who have been able to develop early-childhood skills through use of the Go Baby Go cars. Some 500 children have come through the program since its inception in 2014.

Pictured: Sam Logan, PhD, with Oregon State University, high-fives a recipient of a Go Baby Go ride-on car.

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In Support of: Sustainability

Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital is adding updated equipment to its new facility, to continue its tradition of top-quality care in the Newport area. With support from the Pacific Communities Hospital Foundation, the hospital’s Imaging Department has brought online a new DXA scanner (Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) to measure bone density in adult patients at risk for bone loss due to their age, family history, lifestyle, medications and post-menopausal changes.

Over the past year since the scanner came online, Imaging staff have performed bone density scans on 620 patients, who were able to receive their care without having to go farther away from home.

Pictured: Imaging Technologist Patty Harkelroad displays the new DXA scanner at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.

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In Support of: Employee Engagement

Over the years, ArtsCare Program activities have been popular among both patients and staff at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Thanks to the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation, ArtsCare will be able to fund live, soothing music in the Emenhiser Center as well as an employee arts activity during the 2019 Samaritan Employee Caring Campaign at the hospital. ArtsCare programming, made possible by the Samaritan Foundations, is also available in Albany, Corvallis and Newport.

Over the past year, ArtsCare harpist Kathy Morris spent 72 hours at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, playing for nearly 1,200 people total, including staff, patients and families. In addition, arts and crafts events throughout the year drew more than 100 people to participate in take-home art projects.