Our History

Ashland Community Hospital Foundation is celebrating our 40th anniversary this year and we invite you to celebrate with us. With your support, we have received more than $10 million in charitable gifts since our founding. You, along with your neighbors and friends, have impacted every corner of the hospital and extended its reach into the Ashland and Talent communities. As part of our anniversary celebration, we collaborated with students at SOU to create a video that provides a glimpse into our first 40 years. Please enjoy our “walk down memory lane”.


1977

In April, the Articles of Incorporation are signed

1978

In February, approved as a 501c3

1987

Lights for Life begins

1990

Pat Flannery hired as development director

Patrons Campaign begins

1991

Bill & Florence Schneider donate land for senior living facility, currently Brookdale

First Hospital Gala is held where the first Distinguished Service Award is given to Beth Bornet

1994

Foundation establishes medical office clinic in Talent, Oregon

2001

Ruth Evans donation to establish the William G. & Ruth T. Evans Nursing Scholarship

2002

Cora Nixon Endowment is created and continues to support the hospital each year through Lights for Life

2003

Foundation acquires medical office space in Ashland and established 595 N. Main Street medical office building.

2005

First Butterfly Tea is held in support of Hospice

2007

In April, Development Director Pat Flannery retires

In November, the final Gala is held celebrating the hospital’s 100 year anniversary

2009

Janet Troy is hired as the new Executive Director

2010

Evans Nurse Scholarship becomes formally endowed

In May, the last Butterfly Tea is held

2011

The first official Employee Campaign is held

2013

In January, Ruth Evans bequest in excess of $2.5 million to the Foundation

In August, Ashland Community Hospital merges with the Asante Health System, Ashland Community Hospital Foundation donates property to help finalize the merger

2015

The Evans Nurse Scholarship program expands to include the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Rogue Community College

2016

Family Birth Center renovation is completed

In October, doors open to a long awaited Chapel funded by community contributions