• Hospitals see first COVID-19patients

    What a difference a week makes!  On May 28, 2020, Lincoln Country announced its tenth COVID-19 case. On June 7, Lincoln County announced 124 new COVID-19 cases related to an outbreak at Pacific Seafood, in addition to several community-acquired and family-spread cases announced the week of June 1.  At this time, both coastal hospitals have Read More…

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    Reopening Elective Medical Services at SPCH

    (Photo courtesy of the News-Times) Governor Kate Brown has announced a loosening of restrictions on elective medical services, and Samaritan Health Services (SHS) is implementing best practices and following guidelines to help us continue to safely serve our communities. On May 1, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) cautiously reopened elective medical services that were closed Read More…

  • Hospital Incident Command

    Hospital Incident Command System in Action During an emergency, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, organizations have the option of activating the Incident Command System and hospitals specifically can use the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS). This is a federally recognized system that provides a common structure for managing emergencies, such as COVID-19, earthquakes, tsunamis, Read More…

  • Testing Turnaround Times Drastically Improved

    Thanks to new partnerships and expanded laboratory capabilities within Samaritan Health Services (SHS), COVID-19 test results are now being returned on average 24 to 48 hours from the time of the test. Previously, results were returned in 7 to 9 days. Quicker test turnaround times will improve our ability to care for patients and help Read More…

  • Philanthropy Matters, More Than Ever

    Samaritan Foundations has received an inspiring number of questions about how individuals can support vulnerable people in their communities during this time. We have established a new Samaritan Emergency Relief fund to help Samaritan Health Services respond to emergent needs related to extreme emergencies, such as the COVID-19 crisis. This fund will provide relief throughout Read More…

  • Ventilators and PPE

    Anyone watching the news these days regularly hears about the nationwide shortage and bidding wars surrounding ventilators and personal protective equipment or PPE. Undoubtedly, you are wondering where our nonprofit Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) falls in that mix. The reports are true that these items are harder to come by and far more expensive Read More…

  • Plans for COVID-19

    Dear Community Member: As the entire world grapples with this an unprecedented health crisis, we wanted to let you know how we are preparing for the expected surge in COVID-19 patients locally. The Samaritan Health Services COVID-19 task force is working around the clock to develop new policies and protocols to deal with this crisis. Read More…

  • Construction resumed

    On April 21, 2020, Central Coast Excavating has resumed demolition of the original hospital, built in 1953. This is the first step in Phase 3, the final phase, of the new hospital project. The project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2020. Original story dated 3/27/2020 Construction temporarily paused Because of the Read More…

  • Pacific Communities Health District mission:

    Providing clinically related diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services on an inpatient or outpatient basis; Providing outreach programs in health care education, health care research and patient care; Serving as a resource for health care providers in the district; and Promoting the physical and mental health and well-being of district residents.   Learn more about us Read More…