Business in Brief (Nov. 11)
Business in Brief

Business in Brief (Nov. 11)

Samaritan center gets $1 million donation

A $1 million donation from the Heatherington Foundation for Innovation and Education in Health Care has marked the end of Samaritan Health Service's capital campaign for its Samaritan Treatment & Recovery Services facility in Lebanon.

The gift from the Portland-based foundation was announced Oct. 5 at the Samaritan President’s Society Celebration donor event.

Jeff Heatherington presented the donation for the facility, to be named "The Barbara & Larry Mullins Center” in honor of the Mullins’ long-term leadership and dedication to Samaritan. Larry Mullins is the former president/CEO of Samaritan Health Services, a position he held for 25 years. His wife, Barbara, has advocated for expanding services to address substance use disorder throughout her career.

The campaign has now exceeded the original $4 million goal for the 16-bed residential treatment facility. With construction underway, the center is expected to be complete by the spring of 2020. A ribbon-cutting celebration and open house will be planned.

A fund to support ongoing program and operational needs has been established with the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation. For information about giving opportunities, contact Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation Executive Director Brandy O’Bannon at or 541-451-7063. To learn more about Samaritan Treatment & Recovery Services, visit

Credit union names vice president

Oregon State Credit Union has hired Paige Jackson as vice president of human resources. 

Jackson, a 20-year professional in human resources, will lead the credit union’s Human Resources Department, which provides support for more than 250 employees in 15 locations throughout Oregon. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. Before joining Oregon State Credit Union, Jackson held leadership positions with a variety of corporations, including FamilyCare Health, Stimson Lumber Co., Lattice Semiconductor and Standard Insurance Co.

Jackson lives in Corvallis. She volunteers with Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest and co-leads the Communication Committee of ARCS Foundation Oregon.

Oregon State Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit credit union. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in 24 western and central Oregon counties. Additional information about Oregon State Credit Union is available at

Your CBD Store opens in Corvallis

Your CBD Store, a boutique CBD franchise which got its start in Bradenton, Florida, has just opened a location in Corvallis, at 1329 NW Ninth St., No. 125. The store offers a variety of CBD products that don't require a prescription or medical card to buy. 

The company's founder, Rachael Quinn, discovered success with CBD oil products when they helped with her Crohn's disease and its symptoms. The franchise now has locations in more than 40 states with more than 500 locations. 

911 dispatcher wins lifesaving award

Heidi Ferguson, a 911 lead dispatcher at the Corvallis Regional Communications Center, has received the Lifesaving Award from Oregon APCO/NENA, the statewide professional organization that supports 911 dispatch networks throughout Oregon.

The award was given in recognition of Ferguson’s performance during a residential fire last March in downtown Corvallis. As firefighters battled the blaze, Ferguson made contact with a woman trapped on the third floor of the building. Through coaching and coordination, Ferguson was able to guide the woman out onto the roof of the building, where she was rescued by a firefighter who climbed a ladder to reach her.

The moment was captured on video by a passerby, which was used in an award-winning mini-documentary video about the incident.

Ferguson is a veteran 911 dispatcher, having worked in the industry for 28 years, and in Corvallis since 1994. The Corvallis Regional Communications Center provides 911 emergency telecommunications and dispatch services for all of Benton County, an area of about 726 square miles.


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