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Content provided by Samaritan Health Services Samaritan breaks ground on Pastega House expansion Hospitality House Will Have 24 Rooms When Completed Next Year S amaritan Health Services is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Mario Pastega House with an expansion that will double the number of guest rooms in the house. The expansion began with a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 1. “We wouldn’t be standing here today without the late Mario Pastega’s vision and the Pastega family’s continued commitment to building healthier communities,” said Doug Boysen, president and chief executive officer of Samaritan Health Services, at the groundbreaking event. About 80 people attended the event outside the Pastega House on the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center campus. One attendee was Tami Nightingale of Sweet Home, who stayed at the house for eight days while her husband Neil was at GSRMC following a horrific log truck crash (Neil tragically passed away from his injuries). “I was referred to the house by the hospital staff who recognized I wasn’t able to make the 45-minute drive every day to see my husband,” Nightingale said. “To have a warm shower and a chapel to pray in…I thank God that this house was there so I could spend those eight days with my husband. It was a place to take a breath of warmth, and to sit and have a few seconds to myself.” Guests like Nightingale were the reason that Mario and Alma Pastega brought the idea to Samaritan in 2003. Mario had a similar experience himself, staying at a hospitality house in Redding, California, while his sister recovered from heart surgery. Tami Nightingale, of Sweet Home (right), shares a hug with Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center CEO Becky Pape (left) at the Mario Pastega House expansion groundbreaking on Aug. 1. Nightingale stayed at the Pastega House when her husband was in the hospital. (Photo/Karl Maasdam) addition to the 12 new rooms, Know your options for medical the expanded house will have care: Find out where the local more kitchen and laundry space. medical facilities are, and which ones are covered by your health “Today, the house is full most insurance. weekdays, to the point that we’ve had to turn patients and families away,” Pape said. “By this time next year, we will be able to accommodate more patients and families in the expanded house.” The house serves patients and families who travel more than 25 miles to the GSRMC campus “Mario and Alma contributed $350,000 toward construction for specialty medical care, ranging from surgeries to cancer of the house, and once it was treatments. About one-third of open, he was here sometimes twice a day visiting the guests,” the guests come to Corvallis for cancer treatments at the said Becky Pape, hospital Samaritan Pastega Regional chief executive officer. “He Cancer Center. Other patients took this mission to heart, visit the hospital for more and he continued to raise ongoing support for the house, extensive surgeries, such as particularly from the students at cardiac or neurological, or impler Corvallis High School. He was day procedures where time at an inspiration to the youth of the the house is kept at a minimum. community to learn the value of Guests pay $30 per night, philanthropy.” but nobody is turned away for Ken Pastega, one of the couple’s inability to pay. five children, agreed. The Good Samaritan Hospital “The spirit of the Corvallis Foundation has raised $2.5 community, and donors to this million to fund the expansion. house, made today possible,” he For more information, or to said at the event. “If my parents contribute, call the foundation could be here today, they would at 844-768-4256. say that Corvallis hit a home Tips for caring for your medical run.” needs while on vacation In appreciation for the Pastega Planning a vacation or business family’s continued commitment trip? to Samaritan, the organization Although a medical emergency gave each sibling a money isn’t part of your plan, being bonsai tree and will plant trees prepared for one while traveling in their honor as part of the should be. Put your health first house’s future landscaping. and follow these simple tips to “We selected the living money prepare for your trip. trees to symbolize lasting Refill your prescriptions: good fortune and to honor the Pastega tradition of planting the Visit your pharmacy for any seeds of giving in their children prescription refills to ensure you have enough medication for your and in their community,” Pape trip. said. Construction will begin later this summer. When complete in 2020, the expanded Pastega House will feature 24 rooms, doubling the size of the house as it was built in 2004. The new rooms will have two queen beds each, which will offer better accommodations for larger families. Bring a list of your medical conditions and medications: During an emergency, it is easy to forget important details and having them written down can help. Update your emergency contacts: Make sure your phone or contact list is current and includes anyone who needs to GBC Construction is leading the be notified of an emergency, project, which will add 7,500 including your primary care square feet to the house. In provider. Remember E-Visits: For minor medical conditions, you can request an E-Visit and skip a trip to a medical office. Visit samhealth.org/MyChart to learn about E-Visits and sign-up for a MyChart account if you don’t already have one. Livinghealthy Community classes to keep you healthy Take control of your chronic conditions Join a free, six-week workshop to help you learn tools to manage asthma, arthritis or other chronic conditions. Aug. 21 through Sept. 25, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Samaritan Internal Medicine in Corvallis. Registration: samhealth.org/ChronicConditions or 866-243-7747 Discover weight management options Join us for a free seminar and learn about weight loss surgery, the steps involved, program bene its, insurance coverage and more. Aug. 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Registration: SamaritanStories.com or 541-768-4280 Get help with your advance directive Join Chaplain Wes Sedlacek for a free class where he will explain the form and help you fill it out. Sept. 4, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Albany Public Library. Registration: samhealth.org/SAGHAdvanceDirective or 541-812-4184 Learn mental health first aid Learn how to help those in your life who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or crisis. Sept. 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Registration: SHSHealthEd@samhealth.org or 866-243-7747 Quit smoking now Sign up for Freedom from Smoking, an eight-part class and learn to develop a plan to quit for good. Sept. 10 through Oct. 22, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Samaritan Internal Medicine in Corvallis. Registration: samhealth.org/FreedomFromSmoking or 866-243-7747 Get ready for childbirth In this four-part class, you and your support person will learn more about the birth process and discover tools and techniques to use during labor. Sept. 21 and 22, Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Cost: $65 per couple. Registration: PollywogFamily.org or 541-917-4884 Get your sleep questions answered Learn more about sleep apnea and treatments available at the annual Sleep Apnea Fair. Sept. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Samaritan Albany General Hospital, Reimer Conference Room. Registration: 541-812-5040 Visit samhealth.org/Classes for a complete list of classes and support groups in your community.