For those with a family member or loved one with a terminal illness or at the end stage of their life, the very idea of turning to hospice care for help may feel like they are giving up. In fact, hospice is a very specialized level of care that offers great comfort and hope during one of the most difficult times people face.
Lower Columbia Hospice is an outreach program of Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) serving Clatsop County, and it is the only program of its kind serving the community since 1981. Our mission is to provide compassionate in-home care to terminally ill patients with an emphasis on symptom management, while also helping both patients and their families experience the best possible quality of life. Our people-centered care team consists of nurses, social workers, therapists, spiritual counselors, aides, volunteers, and massage therapists.
Hospice patients and their families benefit from:
You can help bring loving, end-of-life care to Lower Columbia Hospice patients — many of whom are unable to pay for the assistance they need. Currently, there is an annual funding gap created by the expense of caring for patients versus the ability of families with limited resources to cover the costs of hospice care.
Your gift closes a significant portion of that gap so that Hospice can continue to offer compassionate, hands-on care to those in need and their families. It helps provide:
The Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day and every day of the year. It serves residents of Clatsop County (Oregon) and Pacific County (Washington), as well as visitors to our region.
The care provided in the CMH Emergency Department is patient-centered and offers high-level medical excellence in part due to our special relationship with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Physicians practicing in the CMH Emergency Department are board-certified in emergency medicine and have access to advanced diagnostic technology including onsite MRI, CT and x-ray services, as well as a full-service 24-hour laboratory.
Advancing Care through Telemedicine
CMH is a member of the OHSU Telemedicine Network, and utilizes this vital, life-saving service to provide physicians in the Emergency Department with a direct, live connection to an OHSU specialist. Through the OHSU Telemedicine Network, CMH is able to provide advanced care and consultation for stroke, pediatric and neonatal patients.
The new and expanded emergency department at Columbia Memorial Hospital means shorter wait times and a quiet atmosphere. It is being designed to offer patient privacy, safety and fast access to CMH’s emergency-trained team.
From specialized rooms and services, to advanced emergency care the new emergency department will enhance and streamline patient care. The new emergency department is being built with a patient-centered design. From private rooms, to easier access to the emergency specialists, this facility will ensure that a patient’s needs are met and exceeded.
CMH has entered into a new collaboration with the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute for the development of the CMH/OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative which expands CMH’s existing chemotherapy treatment services by bringing much-needed radiation therapy services to the North Coast. The key benefits to this project are access to advanced care through superior oncologists and equipment.
Prior to this collaboration, cancer patients had to travel at least an hour to receive radiation treatment. Since radiation therapy is generally administered for five consecutive days and can continue for eight weeks, this grueling regime of travel and treatment was very difficult for patients, not to mention their families. Because of this, some patients choose to opt out of radiation treatment—a life-threatening choice.
Through the CMH/OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative, a new 18,000-square-foot facility includes chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The new facility is expected to open in fall, 2017. Office visits and treatment visits are expected to almost double after the first year, from about 6,000 to more than 11,000 visits a year.
But this is only the beginning. As part of our campaign to assure the future of health, we will shape the future of oncology care. The endowment fund will provide access to highly trained oncologists, state-of-the-art equipment and implementation of continuing breakthroughs in treatment. Through your partnership in assuring the future viability of cancer care we will make a difference.
We will do what is hard and achieve what is great—today and tomorrow.
Physicians, nurses, volunteers and staff members do their best each day to demonstrate the spirit of caring that defines the mission of Columbia Memorial Hospital.
We know that every patient receives the highest level of compassionate care possible. But, maybe there was an extra kindness or touch that brought even more comfort to you or your family. It could have been a life-saving procedure or a visit from a volunteer that seemed to make all the difference.
The Circle of Care Program at Columbia Memorial Hospital provides you the opportunity to say “thank you” to those who made a difference and were there when you needed them the most.
Your gift will do so much for so many because it works with us to save lives and meet the ever changing healthcare needs of a growing community.
Your contribution may be designated to a specific clinical area, department, service or program. Undesignated gifts support the Friendship Fund a resource for employees experiencing a financial crisis.
Your gift to Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation is an outstanding way to encourage and share the special care provided. It is also an investment in the health and wellness of our entire community.
Make a tax-deductible donation in honor of a physician, nurse, volunteer or staff member who made a dierence in your visit or stay. Perhaps someone took time to do a bit extra or was especially kind or helpful.
They will receive your message and a note informing them of your generous recognition and a custom lapel pin to wear proudly. We will also send a duplicate pin to you!
The Friendship Fund at CMH Foundation was created to help CMH caregivers who are in immediate need of financial support due to the occurrence of a crisis or other unexpected event. The Friendship Fund is supported primarily by donations from CMH employees, though occasionally gifts from non-employees are directed to the fund at the request of the donor.
An employee committee reviews applications for assistance and makes determinations regarding grant amounts and purposes. The committee is composed of employees who are appointed by the CMH Foundation.
Examples of situations that constitute “a crisis or other unexpected event,” which create a financial hardship for an employee, may include:
Columbia Memorial Hospital has provided healthcare for more than 135 years. The region’s flagship hospital, CMH has earned the highest credentials in medicine and earned distinction among the nation’s top rural medical providers. We have achieved this as a private hospital that has provided access to patients of all incomes and backgrounds.
As funding for rural hospitals declines, this achievement is at risk. To answer that challenge, we must not simply sustain the status quo of support for CMH—we must elevate it to new heights.
We will accomplish this through superb stewardship and the strategic use of resources. To enlist the support of donors—to build capacity and achieve aspirations—CMH has launched a comprehensive endowment campaign: Far Above: The Campaign for Health.
Why now? Because our work cannot wait. Because we have the strength to do it. And because the future of CMH may very well ride on the outcome. Help us transform. Help us rise. Help us soar. We know it will not be easy.
We are prepared to do what is hard and achieve what is great—today and tomorrow.
Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a group of committed citizens can change the world.”
Gifts to support the Greatest Impact Fund are critical in allowing Columbia Memorial Hospital to respond quickly by directing funds to areas patients need the most at any given time. This is especially important in today’s uncertain and challenging economy.
Not-for-profit medical providers like Columbia Memorial Hospital rely on philanthropy to support health services and programs that meet immediate human needs. Offering the best care to patients is our promise to the thousands of individuals who entrust us every year with their lives. Your support of this fund makes it possible.