Samaritan hospitals give

The five hospitals of Samaritan Health Services have awarded a total of $339,807 in Social Accountability grants to local service organizations, to be distributed during 2021.

Recipients in Sweet Home were Sweet Home Emergency Ministries (SHEM) and Sweet Home Pregnancy Center, along with agencies that serve Sweet Home, such as ABC House, Meals on Wheels and the Senior Corps of Linn County.

Social Accountability grants are awarded within Linn, Benton and Lincoln 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.

To be eligible for funding, programs must:

– Focus on unmet needs in underserved populations.

– Be collaborative, involving partnerships with Samaritan or other local community organizations.

– Be located in and provide services within Linn, Benton and/or Lincoln counties.

– Focus on prevention, with an emphasis on improving the health status in the community that includes equity, diversity and inclusion.

– Focus on a specific program or project within the agency or organization.

– Use quality indicators to measure progress, report results and share them widely to attract more resources.

– Plan for self-sufficiency.

– Be fiscally responsible.