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Liz Murphy Honored with Distinguished Service Award

Liz Murphy

Ashland Community Hospital Foundation’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award recognizes the contributions of Liz Murphy.


Liz has served on the board of the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation since 2011 and became the Foundation’s board President in January 2015, serving a two-year term. She is now Past President and a member of the Executive Committee.

Liz served on the Foundation board during the tumultuous years when the community hospital sought to affiliate with a larger health care organization to remain financially viable, ultimately becoming part of Asante Health System in 2013. The experience gave her an in-depth look at the dedicated people and sometimes stressful processes that preserved Ashland’s community hospital and the independent foundation that supports it.

She particularly credits Foundation Executive Director Janet Troy with keeping the Foundation focused and committed to its legacy of raising funds from local donors and putting them to work maintaining and enhancing care at Ashland’s hometown hospital.

Liz’s passion for community hospitals began 31 years ago with the birth of her first child in a small Southern California hospital that provided personal and supportive care that was the envy of her friends and fellow new mothers who had opted to give birth at large medical centers.

Liz moved to Ashland with her family in 1995. While raising her three kids, she was active in the Ashland Schools Foundation and the Ashland High School Boosters. When they all headed off to the University of Oregon, she got involved in the University of Oregon Parent & Family Association. She has volunteered with a variety of community organizations, including American Association of University Women, Ashland Newcomers Club and United Way’s Women Living Leadership. She is active in Ashland Rotary and the Southern Oregon Estate Planning Council and is a neighborhood coordinator for the Ashland Food Project.

Liz earned her B.A. and M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, a rigorous and moral environment focused on education, engagement and service. She is an independent Certified Financial Planner® affiliated with Raymond James Financial Services. As a CFP® professional, Liz is dedicated to ethical standards and continuing education in serving her clients. She specializes in working with women in transition and individuals and families focused on preserving their assets.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the Foundation, Asante Ashland Community Hospital and Ashland as a whole. The recipient is selected by a committee comprised of the Foundation’s stewardship committee, hospital leadership and past award recipients.

Congratulations, Liz, and thank you for your contributions to the Foundation, the hospital and the community.

Liz Murphy honored with the 2016 Distinguished Service Award joined by fellow past recipients in attendance at the annual Founders Appreciation Dinner. L to R: Jack Davis, Pat Acklin, Chuck Butler, Margie Lininger, Brian Almquist, Liz Murphy, and Bruce Johnson