Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital

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Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital
Samaritan Health Services
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Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital is located in Oregon
Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital
Location 3043 NE 28th Street, Lincoln City, OR, United States
Coordinates 44°59′10″N 123°59′44″W / 44.986128°N 123.995583°W / 44.986128; -123.995583Coordinates: 44°59′10″N 123°59′44″W / 44.986128°N 123.995583°W / 44.986128; -123.995583
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Community
Emergency department Level IV trauma center
Helipad (FAA LID: OR93)
Beds 25
Founded 1967
Website SNLH Website
Lists Hospitals in the United States

Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital (SNLH),[1] founded in 1967, is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and Level IV trauma center. It is located in the Coastal town of Lincoln City, in the U.S. state of Oregon. This hospital serves the residents and visitors of Lincoln County.


Since the 1930s, there had been interest in establishing a hospital in Lincoln City, Oregon, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that these efforts gained widespread community support. In 1963, a hospital feasibility committee was organized. Its members helped to lay the groundwork for passage of a ballot measure in April 1965 to form a hospital taxing district. The district, then known as North Lincoln Hospital District and now known as the North Lincoln Health District,[2] covers 115 square miles of north Lincoln County. With tax proceeds, federal grant money and the sale of general obligation bonds, the health district was prepared to begin construction of a hospital.

On Sept. 23, 1967, Oregon Gov. Tom McCall presided at a formal groundbreaking ceremony on a nine-acre tract of land overlooking Devils Lake in the northeast corner of Lincoln City. The governor returned to the site to deliver the dedication speech on Oct. 13, 1968. The doors of the new hospital officially opened on Oct. 21, 1968, with 50 full-time staff members. Six patients were admitted on its first day and two babies were born there during its first week.

On Feb. 29, 2000 the North Lincoln Health District and Samaritan Health Services entered into an interim management agreement. The parties then entered into a 30-year Healthcare Facilities Lease on Jan. 1, 2001, in which Samaritan Health Services agreed to manage and operate the hospital and adjoining properties owned by the health district.

In the autumn of 2015, the health district and Samaritan Health Services agreed to a memorandum of understanding in which ownership of the district’s hospital facilities and real properties totaling 12 acres would be transferred to Samaritan Health Services. In turn, Samaritan Health Services agreed to construct a new hospital on the existing campus within three years. The transfer of assets was legally completed on Feb. 3, 2016.


Medical services at the facility include Emergency Room services, General Surgery, colonoscopies and upper endoscopies, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Podiatry, Urology, Internal Medicine, and has a four bed intensive care unit. Ancillary services include Diagnostic Imaging, laboratory services, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, and Nutritional Services. The Hospital is a level four trauma center and serves the entire county, plus portions of neighboring counties.

The Diagnostic Imaging department has a MRI machine, a 160-slice CAT Scanner, Ultrasound, and X-ray capabilities.

Outpatient Services[edit]

The Hospital campus has additional clinics and ancillary services. This includes Outpatient Medical and Surgical Clinics, an Infusion Center for Oncology and non-Oncology needs, a Wound & Ostomy Clinic, and Home Health & Hospice Services.

North Lincoln Hospital Foundation[edit]

The North Lincoln Hospital Foundation[3] is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to raise private philanthropic support for SNLH and to invest and manage these gifts responsibly to honor donors’ wishes; all funds raised are kept local to support the Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. Their mission statement is: “The mission of the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation is to promote excellence in healthcare by supporting Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital and initiatives for the health and well-being of the community, through charitable giving.” Since their inception in 1983, they provided nearly $2.9 million to purchase medical equipment for the hospital, enhance program services, provide financial support for patient and community wellness programs, and help low-income individuals obtain medical care including the provision of medical assistance grants of over $1.65 million to north Lincoln County residents.

Medical equipment purchases in 2016 included $175,000 for a cardiac ultrasound machine and $19,000 for video laryngoscope glidescopes for use in the emergency department, surgical services and ICU. There were Quality of Life donations for hospice patients, funding for non-medical, life-enhancing support such as travel for family members, massages, and music. They also gave three $1,000 Mary Decker Scholarships awarded to students pursuing a health care career.

From 2017 to 2020 the foundation and community will be raising funds for equipment needs of the new hospital.

Samaritan Health Services[edit]

SNLH is one of five hospitals in the Samaritan Health Services (SHS) system. In 2016 the Portland Business Journal listed SHS as the Healthiest Employer of Oregon, 1500 or More Employees, ranked by Healthiest Employers Index Score.[4] This was the third time in four years it received this recognition.[5] The award was created to recognize organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace.

The other four hospitals in the SHS system are the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, the Samaritan Albany General Hospital, the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, and the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.


Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital is accredited by Det Norske Veritas.

New Hospial Construction[edit]

A new hospital building is planned to open in 2019. The Hospital selected Skanska USA, along with HGA Architects and Engineers, to plan, design and build the new Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital[6] [7] [8] .[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital". Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "North Lincoln Health District". Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  3. ^ North Lincoln Hospital Foundation
  4. ^ "The List: Healthiest Employers of Oregon, 1500 or More Employees". Portland Business Journal. 19 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Samaritan Earns Healthiest Employer Award for Third Time". 31 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Contractor chosen to build Oregon's newest hospital". Portland Business Journal. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Hospital purchase, sale agreement". www.thenewsguard/com. 28 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Samaritan Initiates Plans for New Hospital". 20 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Paperwork Signed For New Hospital In Lincoln City". 9 February 2016.