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PacificSource gives $1.25M for improving COVID-19 testing in Marion and Polk County

May 13, 2020

This donation will be used to purchase testing equipment that will deliver local results for important tests.

PacificSource and Salem Health Foundation will work together to expand COVID-19 testing availability for Marion and Polk County residents. 

 “We are excited to assist Salem Health with increasing the amount of testing available in the greater mid-Willamette Valley,” said Dan Stevens, executive vice president and Oregon regional director for PacificSource.

“This partnership is an excellent example demonstrating when we work together, we get more done,” said Jim Bauer, Salem Health chief development officer.

The Salem Health, Salem Health Foundation and PacificSource partnership will address an array of COVID-19 testing needs in the community

“We know there are limited local resources for testing. The community needs more testing solutions, and Salem Health staff found a path for improving our capacity to do that,” says Cheryl Nester Wolfe, president and CEO of Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics. “This partnership will deliver substantial improvement. Local testing means better and faster results for community members in need.” 

Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics has a wide reach that supports many members of PacificSource’s coordinated care organization. New testing will reach areas hit hard by COVID-19, such as Woodburn.

“We are excited to see this resource come to the mid-Willamette Valley through Salem Health,” stated Josie Silverman-Mendez, Marion-Polk county director for PacificSource.

“We are delighted to be partnered with PacificSource and Salem Health, knowing that all of the area residents benefit,” said Salem Health Foundation Board President, Alex Casebeer.

CEO Nester Wolfe offered that “We are going to put this idea into action immediately.”

About PacificSource:

PacificSource is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 1,400 people, serves more than 500,000 individuals and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.

The Salem Health Foundation was established in 1968 by a group of Salem residents interested in advancing health care through donations. It is a charitable, tax-exempt organization that supports medical and medically related projects of Salem Health. The foundation’s 12 volunteer directors help raise funds and manage the resources of the foundation, while distributing the funds according to the wishes of those who have given.

About Salem Health:

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