The five hospitals affiliated with Samaritan Health Services have awarded a total of $418,457 in Social Accountability grants to 44 local service organizations, to be distributed over the next 12 months.
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.
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 health-related services such as health screenings, health professions education, health research and community health activities.
Community Benefit also encompasses the charity care that Samaritan provides to low-income patients. In 2015, Samaritan invested more than $118 million in community benefit activities and services.
To be eligible for funding, programs must:
Focus on unmet needs in under-served populations;
Be collaborative, involving partnerships with other organizations;
Focus on improving the health status in the community;
Use quality indicators to measure progress and outcomes, reporting results and sharing them widely to attract more resources;
Plan for self-sufficiency, where appropriate;
Operate efficiently, ideally with an administrative overhead of 15 percent or less.
In Lincoln County, grant awards were made to:
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lincoln & Tillamook County
Coastal Range Food Bank
Crestview Heights School
Community Services Consortium – Head Start
Community Services Consortium – HELPS Program
Food Share of Lincoln County
Lincoln County School District – After School Program
Lincoln County School District – LIFT Program
Neighbors for Kids
North End Senior Solutions
Northwest Coastal Housing
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
Seashore Family Literacy
Senior Meals/Meals on Wheels
The Salvation Army