About the District

aerialviewofdistrictThe Pacific Communities Health District (District) is a political subdivision of the State of Oregon under Chapter 440, Oregon Revised Statutes.

The District was formed by public election and officially created in March of 1972. Prior to the formation of the District, the community hospital in Newport was owned and operated by the Pacific Communities Hospital Association, a non-profit corporation.

The District, and its publicly-elected board, operated the Newport hospital until Jan. 1, 2002, when it entered into a 30-year lease and operating agreement with Corvallis-based Samaritan Health Services.  As part of that agreement, the non-profit Samaritan Pacific Health Services was created and now operates the hospital and its related medical facilities

The District’s mission is to:

  • Provide clinically related diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services on an inpatient or outpatient basis;
  • Provide outreach programs in health care education, health care research and patient care;
  • Serve as a resource for health care providers in the District; and
  • Promote the physical and mental health and well-being of District residents.

The District encompasses an area from Depoe Bay to the south boundary of Lincoln County (just south of the city of Yachats). Although its eastern boundary does not include Toledo, the District’s hospital facility provides services to communities beyond the District’s eastern boundary, since the hospital district which previously served that area closed its doors and was dissolved many years ago.

The District has a board of directors, which governs all affairs of the District. The board consists of five persons elected by District residents. Board members serve four-year staggered terms.

The current board members are:

  • Ralph Breitenstein, MD
  • David Long, MD
  • Fred Postlewait
  • Bonnie Saxton
  • Kath Schonau, BSN, RN

The District holds public meetings on the third Monday of every month at 4 p.m. in the Samaritan Center for Health Education, 740 SW 9th Street, Newport. When the date conflicts with national holidays, it moves to the third Tuesday. Public notice of meetings appears in the News Times.

Assistive Hearing Devices Statement: The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities, should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 541-574-4674 or by email at lely@samhealth.org.