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The five hospitals of Samaritan Health Services have awarded $445,585 in Social Accountability grants to local service organizations to be distributed during 2022, the organization announced last week.

Social Accountability grants are awarded within Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. Funding decisions are made by committees consisting of employees and board members at each Samaritan-affiliated hospital.

Funded programs address unmet needs of underserved populations and improve overall community health. 

“Many families and individuals living in our three-county region struggle in their daily lives. Local nonprofit agencies offer a variety of helpful resources and Samaritan is pleased to partner in these efforts by offering Social Accountability grant funding to agencies that meet our requirements,” said JoAnn Miller, Samaritan director of Community Health Promotions.

Social Accountability grants are part of the larger Samaritan Community Benefit program, which encompasses the organization’s efforts to build healthier communities by providing direct and in-kind support for services such as health screenings, health professions education, health research and community health activities.

The largest grant of more than $97,000 went to Northwest Coastal Housing based in Newport. The nonprofit that has served Lincoln County since 1991 redeveloped a 42-room hotel in Lincoln City using funds from a State of Oregon Project Turnkey grant. This is the second year Samaritan has supported the hotel project.

This will be the final year of Samaritan’s yearly grant distribution. Starting in 2023 Samaritan will distribute three-year grants.

“This will have a much larger impact on the community,” Miller said. “The three-year grants will increase collaborations and improve overall health in the community.”

Community Benefit also encompasses the charity care that Samaritan provides to low-income patients. Agencies in Benton County receiving Social Accountability grants include:

• ABC House, Benton County Drug Treatment Court, Benton County Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence,

• Corvallis Drop-In Center, Corvallis Environmental Center, Faith, Hope and Charity, Inc., Grace Center for Adult Day Services, Jackson Street Youth Services,

• Old Mill Center for Children and Families, Oregon Cascades Council of Government — Meals on Wheels, Pathfinder Clubhouse, Philomath School Counseling Team, Senior Corps of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties,

• Stone Soup Corvallis Inc.,  and Vina Moses Center.

Twenty grants were awarded to Linn County organizations and another six grants went to Lincoln County entities.