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It Takes a Community

During times like these, community takes on a whole new meaning and many are looking for ways to help and make a difference.

The most impactful thing you can do is to get vaccinated (and boosted). This is our most powerful defense against COVID-19.

Also consider additional precautions such as masking and physical distancing if you or someone in your household is at high risk of severe disease from COVID-19, or if cases rise in our region.

If you feel compelled to do more, scroll through this page for some other ideas.

Background image: Thank you card from the community

Donate to a Foundation Fund

In response to COVID-19, the Samaritan Emergency Relief fund has been established to help Samaritan Health Services respond to needs related to emergencies such as the pandemic. This fund will provide relief throughout the region and support patients at Samaritan-affiliated hospitals in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City and Newport. Our patients and frontline staff have experienced their own COVID-19-related hardships resulting in more requests for Employee Emergency Assistance and Patient Support.

Provide a Meal or Snacks

Many generous community members and local businesses have reached out to ask if they can provide lunch or special treats for our compassionate team of health care workers.

Our staff enjoy these kind gestures and in order to protect their health and safety, all donations need to be prearranged and adhere to the following guidelines. Also, please don’t forget that local food banks are in need as well as other organizations serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hot or ready-to-serve food:

  • Delivery from restaurants allowed.
  • No homemade items.
  • No buffet-style food options, unless served by Samaritan Nutrition Services. Guests and donors of food may not serve food to staff on hospital grounds.
  • Food donations must be dropped off at a pre-arranged location only (no unannounced deliveries).
  • Wipe down packaging when possible.

Food packaging:

  • Must be prepackaged and individually wrapped (e.g., box lunches).
  • Fruit that can be peeled is acceptable.
  • Should contain explicit labeling for food-sensitive groups whenever possible (e.g., dairy, nut, soy, gluten, etc.).
  • Non-perishable items preferred.
  • Sugar and creamer must be individual use (not communal containers).

To coordinate donating a meal, please contact the Samaritan Foundations representative for the location of interest listed below.

Albany: Albany General Hospital Foundation

Jennifer Stanaway - or 541-971-2810


Corvallis: Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation

Darrel Kau - or 541-603-6081


Lebanon: Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation

Brandy O’Bannon - or 503-910-9010


Lincoln City: North Lincoln Hospital Foundation

Cathy Sandoval - or 970-403-7837


Newport: Pacific Communities Health District Foundation

Ursula Marinelli - or 541-270-6413

How Employees Can Give

Samaritan is fortunate to have caring and compassionate employees who are always looking for ways to help. If you are a Samaritan employee, a list of ways you can give has been compiled and linked here for your convenience.