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Peace Harbor Medical Center Foundation


Peace Harbor Foundation: Exceptional Care Close to Home

 

A History of Healing

In 1890, with no money in their pockets, two young Sisters ages 18 and 19, left New Jersey on a train bound for Fairhaven, Washington, a remote logging community in the country's far northwest corner. Their charge: to build a hospital to care for loggers, mill workers, fishermen and their families. The Sisters immediately began to collect building funds, going door-to-door, campsite-to-campsite. They sold "hospital tickets" for $10 each, entitling the holder to one year’s hospital care and physician fees. On January 9, 1891, less than five months after the Sisters' arrival, St. Joseph Hospital opened its doors.

Today, PeaceHealth remains committed to its Foundress's vision of collaborating with communities to care for all patients through philanthropic support and healing in a gracious and compassionate manner.
 

A Culture of Philanthropy

Since opening our doors in 1989, Peace Harbor Hospital has provided a level of patient care in advanced imaging and state-of-the-art technology that surpasses most other rural facilities. Having the best health care possible locally is important for all patients since someday we may be one. 
 
Being a faith-based, not-for-profit, critical-access, rural health care system presents even more challenges than reciting its lengthy description. The key to our success in providing high quality health care is our strong culture of philanthropy. Our Foundation is committed to helping blessed people do beautiful things for the health and well-being of the Florence community.
 

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When you include PeaceHealth Foundations in your estate plan, your generosity supports good health, prevention and community well-being. 

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Foundation Staff
 

Gretchen Klein

Gretchen Klein

Executive Director
gklein@peacehealth.org
Michelle Diffenderfer, Interim Executive Director

Michelle Diffenderfer

Special Projects Director
mdiffenderder@peacehealth.org

Board of Directors


Officers

Paula Burnette Portrait

Paula Burnette

President, Community Volunteer

After a career spent in California State government, Paula retired to Florence from Folsom, California. She served at the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training as Bureau Chief, Standards and Evaluation Services Bureau.  A California native, Paula holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in experimental psychology. She began her service to Peace Harbor as a volunteer in the Cardio/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center. She served on the Foundation Board as President of the volunteers, then remained on the board serving as Vice President, then President. She is committed to supporting improvements and services at our hospital.   Paula and her husband Dave Hansen enjoy spending time traveling, doing home improvement projects, and both visiting and hosting Dave’s family from Denmark. Grateful for the love, comfort, and happiness in their lives, they support many local charities in the Florence community.

Sally Wantz

Sally Wantz

Vice President, Community Volunteer

Sally and her spouse, Jennifer French, made their way to Florence in September 2003 after realizing that 4 traffic lights in Florence were more to their speed than 10 lanes of highway traffic in Denver.  Upon arrival, Sally continued her career in human resources at Three Rivers Casino working for the tribal owners, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians until retiring in 2020.  Sally currently serves in a leadership capacity for the Florence Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (aka FUUF), Western Lane Community Foundation, is the President-Elect for Rotary Club of Florence, and she is a Florence City Councilor.  Outside of her volunteer work, Sally enjoys getting her hands dirty with landscaping their yard, daily Sudoku puzzles, cooking, being entertained by their three cats, and some may recall her performances in several Last Resort Players’ productions.  Jennifer is a mixed-media artist and published author of two young-adult novels, is a co-founder of Backstreet Gallery (in 2005) has volunteered with many community organizations, and she loves to create one-of-a-kind menus for their evening culinary enjoyment.  Both love Florence and wouldn’t live anywhere else.

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Laurel Ferguson

Secretary/Treasurer, Hanawalt Ferguston, Attorneys at Law

Laurel is a native Oregonian who was born and raised in Florence. After completing her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Portland, with a year abroad in Salzburg, Austria, Laurel attended the University of Gonzaga School of Law. Laurel earned her J.D. and was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2012. Following a three-year stint in Seattle, Laurel and her husband were ready to return to small town living.  Laurel was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2015, and moved back to Florence in 2016 to join a local law firm as an associate attorney. Laurel purchased the law firm – now known as Hanawalt Ferguson, Attorneys at Law – in January 2020. In addition to her practice and her work with the Foundation, Laurel currently serves as on the boards of the Rotary Club of Florence, the Siuslaw Public Library Foundation, and the Eugene Estate Planning Council.  Outside of work and community involvement, Laurel can be found enjoying life in Florence with her growing family. She and her husband have two young children, both born at Peace Harbor Medical Center, and are currently expecting their third. 



Directors

Jason Hawkins, Chief Administrative Office, Peace Harbor Medical Center

Jason Hawkins

Chief Administrative Officer, PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center

A career spent in the rural healthcare setting, Jason came to PeaceHealth from Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa., where he most recently served as president and chief executive officer.

A Huntingdon, Pa., native, Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in business administration. Jason chaired the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania’s Small Rural Health Council and served on the American Hospital Association’s Small and Rural Governing Council representing the Pennsylvania and New York regions. He served as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Mountains Healthcare Alliance.

On a personal note, Jason his wife DeAnn enjoy spending time outside, hiking, boating and fishing. You also might spot him at local high school sporting events or perhaps a college basketball game. Jason is very excited to live in and serve the Florence community as the PHMC CAO and volunteering in various civic organizations.

George Henry - Peace Harbor Foundation Portrait

George F. Henry

Coast Radio

George grew up in the restaurant business working for his family’s assorted restaurant ventures over the first 18 years.   He attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC.  While in attendance he was fortunate to meet the Program Director of a 100,000 watt FM station (WMUU) where he was hired to be a part time reliever.  It was less than a month before he was placed in the afternoon time slot.  Over the next decade he moved back to help his family after the passing of his father.  But music and radio kept calling him.  He moved to Nashville, TN  in 1989 to work on his songwriting and in the early 90’s got a job with WRLT-Lightning 100.  He began again as a part-time replacement, but quickly moved into a permanent position and worked into the Director of Marketing and Morning Show Co-host/News Director. 

Over his work career he also bought and ran a successful Glass business in North Carolina and went to work for Mark Media WTZQ in Hendersonville, NC spending 10 years as morning show host and program director. Before coming to Florence he had a brief stint with KXL in Portland, but then was hired by Jon Thompson at Coast Radio.  George has worked in Florence for the last 8 years and recently purchased part of the station from Thompson.  George is married to Deb Jameson (PeaceHealth). They enjoy Motorcycles, kayaking, hiking, travel, dining... and, of course, Karaoke!

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Monica Kosman

Peace Harbor Volunteers

Monica has been a member of the PHV since 2003. I have served on the Board for most of those years. She served as President from 2009 through 2011 and was also a member of the Foundation Board, serving 8 terms. Monica has a BA in Liberal Arts and worked for 25 years in Banking and Insurance. Upon retirement, she became a Mental Health Advocate and served on the Boards of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Orange County California, NAMI Southcoast, and the Orange County Mental Health Association.  She moved to Florence, OR in 2002 with her husband, Gene, and her son Eric. Monica was asked to join the Board of Directors of NAMI Lane County and NAMI Oregon. She served as State President of NAMI Oregon for four years and on the Board for 10 years. Monica is a trained NAMI Family to Family Class instructor and have taught 10 F to F classes in Florence. She is also a NAMI Support Group Facilitator and a member of the NAMIOR Policy and Procedures Committee. Currently, Monica is the Secretary of the Florence Area Community Coalition (FACC) and a Board member of the MCR (Mobile Crisis Response team) in Florence. She enjoys volunteering in the Hospital Gift Shop and spending time with her husband and son at home. Good Health and Good Mental Health to All is Monica's wish. 

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Heather L. McArthur, DO, MSPH, CIH (ret)

PeaceHealth

After a previous career working in health and safety lastly with law enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona, Heather became Dr. McArthur in 2012. She is dual boarded in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine after completing a combined residency in West Virginia.  She works in both those capacities here in Florence as an ED Physician and a Hospitalist.  She also serves in the additional role as Medical Director for Peace Harbor Medical Center and its associated Outpatient Clinics. A military “brat” traveling her whole life,  she has found a home on the beautiful Oregon Coast where she loves to care for her patients, hike, and travels whenever time allows. 

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Ron Moore

Hoagland Properties, Inc.

Ron Moore is CEO/President of Hoagland Properties, Inc. Hoagland Properties is a family-run business headquartered in Florence, Oregon and operates the River House Inn and Old Town Inn in Florence, as well as, the Salina/Scenic Hills Super 8 by Wyndham in Salina, UT. Additionally, the company manages two apartment buildings in Florence. The company’s award-winning lodging facilities are a result of adhering to the company’s mission statement of exceeding guest expectations with a spotless, reasonably priced, well-appointed room and exceptional service. Salina’s Super 8 has been the only Wyndham Pride of Super 8 award winner in Utah for several years. It has also received local awards for being the best business in the community. The River House Inn and Old Town Inn have both been on Oregon Business Magazine’s Top 100 Fan Favorite Destinations. They have both received TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for more than a decade. In 2011, the Old Town Inn was named #11 on Trip Advisor’s 25 Best Budget Motels in the US. Locally, both have won Chamber of Commerce awards for best customer service, and curb appeal for the River House Inn. Ron has been an active participant in Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association’s (ORLA) government affairs meetings, and is currently serving as vice-chairperson of ORLA’s Central Coast Hospitality Alliance. At the local level, he is a member of a Stakeholder Advisory Team for Florence’s Housing Implementation Plan. Professionally, Ron’s first experiences in lodging were at family owned properties in Depoe Bay (Troller’s Lodge), and Lincoln City (The Captain Cook Inn). After the company incorporated, he became a member of the Board of Directors, was vice-president in 2018, and then became president in 2019. He is passionate about improving career opportunities, training, pay, and working conditions for entry level hotel employees. Before working full-time with Hoagland Properties, Ron was an educator for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Seminary and Institute program for 19 years. Prior to that he spent about 19 years in the finance business, eventually becoming the nation’s largest underwriter of bank-qualified, tax-exempt bonds. He also held a seat at the Mid-America Futures Exchange, and has extensive experience in bond, stock, futures, and options trading. Educationally, Ron has earned both Master (University of Phoenix) and Bachelor (University of California – Berkley) degrees. Most importantly, Ron married the former Kelly Hoagland in 1983, and has enjoyed their life together. They have raised four wonderful children, Scott, Paul, Jessica, and John, and Ron considers time with family to be better than any business accolade, accomplishment, or achievement.

Bev Scott - Peace Harbor Foundation

Bev Scott

Siuslaw High School

Bev spent most of her youth in the Yosemite National Park area. She spent her summers with her grandparents who were camp rangers. These formative years helped Bev with her appreciation of nature (it is no wonder she loves the Florence area!) and the realization that serving others would play a pivotal role in her future. Her first volunteer experience was with Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl programs. In high school, she was the resident caretaker of a teen center. Later, after serving in the U.S. Army as a public relations specialist and editor/photojournalist, she served her community in other ways including president of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Association of REALTORS®, and the California State Society of American Medical Technologists. She was also a volunteer, member, or officer for the Elks, Workforce Investment Board, and water and sewer committees in California; a Fire Protection District in Oregon; and a neonatal intensive care unit in Boston. Bev has been recognized for her community service with a public commendation and joint resolution of the California Senate and Assembly in 2009 and by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the House of Representatives in 2004. She was also awarded the Angels Amongst Us Woman of the Year Award in 2004. More recently, she was recognized for her work in education. Bev was the 2021 Regional Teacher of the Year and finalist for the Oregon Teacher of the Year, and in 2006, she received the Golden Apple Award from her local school district. 
 
Bev has four children. Her second-born was a conjoined twin. This experience changed her focus from marketing to working in the medical field, which led her to teaching. After teaching medical students at San Joaquin Valley College and Santa Barbara Business College, she discovered her love of teaching. Before going back to school to be a K-12 educator, she was a marketing designer, real estate agent/manager, general manager, and business owner. 
 
Bev now serves as the assistant principal at Siuslaw High School.  Prior to her administrative position with Siuslaw, she was a health occupations, biology, and anatomy teacher as well as the communications director and summer school principal with Riddle School District. 
 
Bev enjoys kayaking and virtual reality exercise. She is grateful that no matter the weather, she can enjoy a great paddle in many lakes and rivers in and around the Florence area, or she can get some exercise indoors with her Meta Quest 2.