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Samaritan breaks ground on
Pastega House expansion
Hospitality House Will Have
24 Rooms When Completed Next Year


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
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

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,
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the expanded house will have
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more kitchen and laundry space. medical facilities are, and which
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“Today, the house is full most
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,
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
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
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
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

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

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

Remember E-Visits: For minor
medical conditions, you can

request an E-Visit and skip a
trip to a medical office. Visit to learn
about E-Visits and sign-up for
a MyChart account if you don’t
already have one.

Community classes to keep you healthy

Take control of your chronic
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: or

Discover weight management
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: or

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: or

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: or

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: or

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: 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:

Visit for a
complete list of classes and support
groups in your community.


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