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Hospice & Palliative Care

Comfort care and end-of-life care are among the most essential services provided at Samaritan Health Services.

Our hospitals in Albany, Corvallis and Newport have comprehensive palliative care programs.

Hospice services are located in Albany, Lincoln City and Newport, serving the entire mid-Willamette Valley and the central Coast. 

Samaritan Hospice Services

Both palliative care and hospice focus on patient comfort, as well as support services for the patient, including spiritual support, respite care and support groups. Often, when the need for these services arises, a patient’s family is in a vulnerable state and needs assistance as well.

Hospice is a philosophy of care for people of all ages in the last stages of a terminal illness, such as cancer or emphysema. Hospice does not hasten death. It affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.

Whenever possible, hospice patients stay in the familiar surroundings of their own homes, in an atmosphere of dignity and support for the patient and the family. The patient’s own physician continues to direct all of the medical care provided by our hospice staff.

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, most commercial and private health insurance plans, and by worker’s compensation. If needed, our staff can assist you with insurance coverage information.

To qualify for hospice care a patient must:

  • Have a terminal diagnosis with a life expectancy of six months or less
  • Have approval of their attending physician who continues to direct all care
  • Are seeking comfort care rather than curative treatment

Our dedicated and professional hospice team helps patients and families by offering:

  • Skilled nursing care (24-hour on-call nursing services available)
  • Pain and other symptom management
  • Medical social services and counseling
  • Spiritual support
  • Hospice aides
  • Trained hospice volunteers
  • Bereavement support
  • Medication and equipment as appropriate
  • Stress management

Depending on your location, the following value-added services are provided at no additional cost to the patient and are often provided by hospice volunteers:

  • Respite for caregivers
  • Bedside vigil
  • Companionship

Samaritan Hospice Services recognizes and works to meet these special needs of the dying:

  • Relief from pain and discomfort
  • To be close to loved ones
  • Quality of life for the patient and family
  • Bereavement support for family

Our staff and volunteers support patients and family members through the final stages of illness. Ongoing contact and support for the family is offered through our bereavement program.

The decision to receive palliative or hospice care can often be an overwhelming task. Nevertheless, it’s important to be well informed, so that you can select the path of care that is right for you and your family. 

Below are a number of resources that we hope will help you become more familiar with the benefits of hospice and palliative care:

Spanish/bi-lingual resources:

We are here to help answer your questions and help you understand the benefits of hospice and palliative care. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Each year the Samaritan-affiliated hospices host a remembrance event, Light Up a Life, during the holiday season to honor individuals who have passed on.

Each event involves reflections by hospice staff, music and a ceremony in which the names of the individuals being honored and remembered are read. Honorees need not have been under the care of hospice.

2016 Light Up a Life events:
Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, Albany General Hospital Foundation & Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation
Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m.
Samaritan Center (605 Mullins Drive in Lebanon)
Click here to donate online (Albany)
Click here to donate online (Lebanon)

Samaritan Pacific Hospice & Pacific Communities Health District Foundation
Friday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m.
Center for Health Education (740 SW 9th St.)
Click here to donate online (Pacific).

Samaritan North Lincoln Hospice & North Lincoln Hospital Foundation
Friday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m.
Health Professions Education Center, East Conference Room (3043 NE 28th St.)
Click here to donate online (North Lincoln).

Additional Information

Learn more about hospice and palliative care. 

Contact Us

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice

4600 Evergreen Place SE
Albany, OR 97322

Samaritan Pacific Hospice

749 SW 11th Street
Newport, OR 97365

Samaritan North Lincoln Hospice

3011 NE 28th Street
Lincoln City, OR 97367