Foundation Events

Aging Isn't For Sissies!

The Community Relations Committee may host an event on behalf of the Samaritan Healthcare Foundation, but it definitely takes the community to pull off a great experience for the community!

The Port of Moses Lake was the location this year for Aging Isn’t For Sissies on June 22, 2017.  It was a remarkable location, large and open with plenty of areas for the different parts of the program.  This event was actually a repeat performance.  At last year’s event, feedback was received and used to create a well-rounded experience for the attendees.   Attendance actually increased 35% from last year!

Dr. Michael Graham of Confluence Health repeated as one of the keynote speakers; he was joined by Tara Zamarron of Samaritan Clinic, and Bruce Pinkerton of Larson Fowles, PLLC.  In order to ensure the audience’s questions could be answered, following the keynote speakers, a group of experts were convened:  Kathryn Trumbull, Samaritan Healthcare’s Patient Experience Director, Richard Donaldson, Samaritan Healthcare’s Care Coordination Director; Laurie Ahmann, Administrator at Summer Wood; Terri Riley-Brown at Assured Home Health; Paul Riegel at Assured Hospice; and Ken Sterner from Aging & Adult Care of Central Washington.  Most questions from the audience were quite specific but all were answered by one or more of the expert panelists. 

Around the main area of the building, Samaritan Clinic offered new patient registration/scheduling at a table and Samaritan’s Care Coordination team was available to explain processes to people that stopped by their table.  Other agencies that provided information at tables included: People for People, Aging & Adult Care, and Assured Home Health & Hospice. 

And what would an event be without food and beverages?  Michael’s on the Lake provided catering; as usual comments were heard about how good everything tasted.  There were several choices of wine for wine tasting from Sky River, Milbrandt, and Neppel wineries.  A huge thank you goes out to Ten Pin who donated some of their Groove and Head Pin beer for tasting. 

While it is nice to have food and beverages available, the focus of an evening such as Aging Isn’t For Sissies is education to the public.  This particular topic included solutions and resources to help navigate the path of healthcare and aging for you and your loved ones.  With the resources available during the evening, it’s very likely everyone came out of the night with tools to help them on their personal path.  People that attended were verbally thankful to the speakers, experts, and committee members. 

Samaritan Healthcare’s Foundation has set forth to provide events to the community that help inform the public, support the mission and vision of Samaritan Healthcare, and educate the community on the work of the Foundation.

Keep an eye out for the next Community Relations event in October which will focus on women’s health, we hope to see you and your loved ones there!

For more information, please contact the Foundation office at 509-793-9645 or via email at  



Samaritan Healthcare Foundation
801 E. Wheeler Road
Moses Lake, WA 98837
Fax: 509.764.3277

Gretchen Kramer Youngren,
director of Development and Communications

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