Coastal Recovery Center Has Ceremonial Groundbreaking

On Friday, June 16, a dozen dignitaries lined up behind a large pile of fresh dirt with golden shovels in hand and white hard hats atop their heads.

On command, they repeatedly tossed shovelfuls of dirt toward the photographers who were marking the occasion: the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new 16-bed Samaritan Treatment and Recovery Services facility in Lincoln County.

Speaking to the assembled crowd of around 75 people, Samaritan Health Services CEO Doug Boysen said:

“At Samaritan, our mission is building healthier communities together. That last word, ‘together,’ recognizes that we can’t accomplish this mission on our own. We rely on community partners – and this project is a shining example of that.”

The residential and outpatient center will be housed in a former adult foster home facility located in a north Newport neighborhood. The property will be entirely remodeled and expanded to provide outpatient group and individual therapy, medication-assisted treatment and peer-support to adults 18 years and older. While it will serve anyone in the region seeking to heal from substance use disorder, priority will be given to Lincoln County residents.

The center’s operations will be modeled on the successful Samaritan Treatment and Recovery Center which opened in Lebanon three years ago, July 2020.

Collaboration, Financial Support Are Vital to Project’s Success

Pacific Communities Health District purchased the Newport property for just under $1 million and it will be staffed and managed by Samaritan. The cost to entirely remodel the existing building, construct a two-story addition, and furnish and equip the facility is approximately $10.1 million.

In addition to the purchase of property and significant financial contribution from the Pacific Communities Health District, other partners who have contributed financially include:

  • North Lincoln Health District.
  • The county of Lincoln County.
  • The cities of Newport, Toledo and Waldport.
  • The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
  • Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital Auxiliary.
  • Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital Auxiliary.
  • Numerous businesses, foundations and individuals, making donations through the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation and the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation.
  • The federal government, with $1 million in funding secured with the help of U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.

For complete information about this project and how you can contribute, visit

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