Skip to main content

Peace Harbor Medical Center Foundation

Front outside doors of Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence, Oregon

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.

Ways to give

Give online

Your support of the foundation helps to ensure our continued ability to care for patients in this time of unprecedented need.

Three volunteers add food to a box


Honor excellent care

You can choose to honor a special physician, nurse, or caregiver who made a positive impact on your patient experience or that of a loved one.

A masked nurse smiles and provides care to a patient

Planned giving

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

Three generations of women stand on a beach looking into the distance
Front cover of 2020-21 Foundation Gratitude Report

Your impact

Browse the 2020-21 PeaceHealth Gratitude Report and subscribe to foundation emails.

Meet our team

Gretchen Klein

Gretchen Klein

Executive Director
Chelsea Smith, Foundations Assistant

Chelsea Smith

Foundations Assistant
Michelle Diffenderfer, Interim Executive Director

Michelle Diffenderfer

Special Projects Director

Meet our team


Paula Burnette, President, Community Volunteer

Paula Burnette

President, Community Volunteer
Sally Wantz, Vice President, Community Volunteer

Sally Wantz

Vice President, Community Volunteer
Laurel Ferguson, Secretary/Treasurer, Hanawalt Ferguston, Attorneys at Law

Laurel Ferguson

Secretary/Treasurer, Hanawalt Ferguston, Attorneys at Law
Kenneth Henderson, Immediate Past President, Community Volunteer

Kenneth Henderson

Immediate Past President, Community Volunteer


Jenna Bartlett, Siuslaw News

Jenna Bartlett

Siuslaw News
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.

Silhouette of a person's head and shoulders

Rosalie Johnson

Community Volunteer
Stephen Kerner, MD, PeaceHealth

Stephen Kerner, MD

Heather McArthur, MD, PeaceHealth

Heather McArthur, MD