Coos Bay, OR: On May 11, the Bay Area Hospital Community Foundation will honor 33 programs and organizations that have demonstrated their dedication to improving health and quality of life on the South Coast. Every year, the foundation gives financial gifts to agencies that advance the hospital’s mission, but this is a record breaking year for community grants.

On May 11, the Bay Area Hospital Community Foundation will hand out $467,728. This number far exceeds totals from past years, as Bay Area Hospital is making its first installment toward the future Southwestern Oregon Community College Health and Science Technology Building. Last spring, the hospital pledged to invest a total of $1 million toward the building, to be paid over four years. The new facility will make a career in healthcare more attainable for students in our community by replacing outdated training spaces, introducing new technology into the classroom, and allowing SOCC to accept more applicants into their nursing program.

While Southwestern Oregon Community College is receiving the largest sum this year, each of 2017 grantees are doing impressive, innovative work to promote healthy living in our area. This year’s recipients are:



Bay Area Rotary Club

Bob Belloni Ranch, Inc.

Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon

Camp Millennium

Charleston Rural Fire Department

City of Myrtle Point- Ambulance

Coos Bay Downtown Association

Coos Bay Public Schools- ARK Program

Coos County Area Transit District- CCAT

Coos County Friends of Public Health

Coos History Museum

Drug Disposal Coalition

Healing Sounds Project- Seven Fires Foundation

Knights of Columbus

Mental Health Association of Southwestern Oregon (SHAMA)

Mingus Park Pool

Nancy Devereux Center

North Bend School Foundation

North Bend Senior Center

Oregon Coast Community Action/ CASA of Coos County

Pediatric Psychiatrist Crisis Response Team

Ready to Smile


South Coast Business Employment (CNA Program)

South Coast Family Harbor

South Coast Hospice & Palliative Care

Southwest Oregon Airport

Southwestern Oregon Community College – Health and Science Technology Building

Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach

Star of Hope

THE House

Tioga Research- Reach Out and Read


The grants will be awarded at an invitation only luncheon on Thursday May 11, 12:00 p.m. at the Coos History Museum. The media is invited to attend and learn how each recipient is contributing to the health and wellbeing of our community. For more information, contact Barbara Bauder at (541) 269-8543 or send her an email at

About Bay Area Hospital Community Foundation: The Bay Area Hospital Community Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting the hospital’s mission to “improve the health of our community every day.” Tax-deductible gifts to the foundation help provide resources for advanced training, state-of-the-art technology, and safe environments designed for healing. The foundation also awards grants each year to organizations that enhance the community’s well-being. The publicly owned hospital, overseen by an elected board of directors, receives no local tax support.