Portland, Or. Over 75 members of the Women of Good Samaritan came together in celebration of their 40th anniversary on Thursday, April 27th at the Town Club in southwest Portland. Founding Members honored included Joan Strand, Betty Labadie, Anne Barbey, Patsy Seton, and Chita Becker.

Committee chair Melissa Wilmot holds Governor Kate Brown’s proclamation.

For 40 years, Women of Good Samaritan has made a difference in the lives of patients, families and staff at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. This dedicated group of women has significantly impacted the level of care our physicians, nurses and other health professionals provide to patients and families, every day. (Photo credit, Dodge & Burn Studios)

Over the years, these caring women have purchased critical hospital equipment, provided nursing student scholarships and assisted with funding transformational endeavors, such as upgrades in the Family Birth Center, the Stenzel Garden Pavilion and, most recently, Legacy Good Samaritan’s reimagined Emergency Department.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown proclaimed April 27, 2017 Women of Good Samaritan Celebration Day, which commended the philanthropic group as “caring and forward-thinking women who have pooled their annual membership gifts to raise more than $1.8 million in support of Legacy Good Samaritan.”