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Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation is a grass roots, philanthropic organization dedicated to making the northeast Oregon region a healthier, safer, happier, ever more stimulating place to live and raise our families.

GSCHF LogoOur Foundation board is made up of business and private people from various backgrounds that are interested in the same things you are–including developing the quality of life in this region. Why not join with us by making a tax-deductible donation that will make a positive impact on you and the lives of many others in our community?

The Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation was formed in February 1995 as an agent of change. We strongly encourage local residents to give of themselves in support of organizations and causes that will promote the health and well being of our community.

Distinguished Service Awards

The Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation’s 54th Annual Distinguished Service Award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. Nominations will be accepted online through March 1, 2024. Please click here to submit your nominations and to see a list of our previous winners.

We are now offering an Outstanding Young Citizen award and are accepting nominations through March 1, 2024. This award will be given to a young person under 21 years of age that is an outstanding community member of Hermiston, Echo or Stanfield. They should demonstrate the following characteristics: commitment, personal responsibility, positive attitude, leadership, and caring attitude toward others. To nominate an outstanding young citizen, please download and fill out the nomination form.

Christmas Spirit Award

Each year the Foundation recognizes such an individual or couple with the “Christmas Spirit Award.” Past recipients of this award are Rev. John Thurlow, Dennis & Cathy Barnett, Mel & Bonnie Phillips, Ric & Karen Sherman, Pat Wahner, Bill Whetzler, MilRoy Meyer, Mark Jones DMD, Alice Brewington-Dyer, Rod & Karen Bragato, Linda Gilleese, Dawn Large, Dr. Marvin John, Patty Echols, Dr. John Spomer, David & Jodene Hughes, Cliff & Judy Bracher, Ford Bonney, Kathie Mallory, Sandy Hickey, Jim Purswell, Terrel Tovey, Sally Clemons, Joyce Dye, Carlisle Harrison, Charlotte Dack, Susan Jones, Laurie Ball-Kiser, David Florea, Mike Snyder, Erick Olson, Cathy Putnam, Virginia Miller, John & Marge Walchli, Kriss Dammeyer, Cathy Wamsley, Robert Luke, Roger & Karen Bounds, Charlie & Carol Clupny, Doug Alvarez, Jeanne Jewett, Kelly Sanders, Scott and Melissa Purswell, Tom and Abbie Ditton, Lou Lyons and Carl and Edith Holt.

Click here to nominate someone for the Christmas Spirit Award online or you can download and print this nomination form and send it in by mail or email.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation is to enhance the quality of life and general health of residents living in the West Umatilla and Morrow County communities.

Resources are provided to worthy projects and individuals best illustrating foundation ideals and fulfilling the health needs of our communities.


Groups or individuals interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the 501(c)(3) Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation are invited to call 541.667.3419 or click here to make a secure online donation.

Doctors’ Day

Donate now to recognize a physician for Doctors’ Day. Call 541.667.3419 for additional information or click here to make a secure online donation.

Car Donations

Donate your car, truck, boat or RV to Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation. Call 541.667.3419 or click here to make a car donation.

Honor Trees

Give a lasting memorial or tribute in remembrance of someone you love. Name a tree in his or her honor. Call 541.667.3419 or click here for additional information.

Planned Giving

Consider making a planned gift to the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation. Call 541.667.3419 or click here for additional information.

Make A Donation

Click here to make a secure online donation to the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation.

Apply For A Scholarship

Scholarships available for local students and GSHCS employees. Learn more and apply online.

Apply For A Grant

The Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations in our community. Learn more.

Board of Directors & Staff

Dean Fialka

Vice President
Margaret Saylor

Amanda Carnine

Board Members
Doug Barak, Tyler Bendixsen, Kristen Coller, Arnell Eynon, Manuel Gutierrez, Mike Henderson, Cindy Middleton, Lisa Mittelsdorf, Julie Puzey, LaDonna Quaempts, Dave Rademacher, Mayra Reyes.

Medical Staff President
Brian Larsen, MD

Board Of Trustees Chair
Jon Lorence

President & CEO
Art Mathisen, MHA, FACHE

Foundation Executive Director
Liz Marvin

How to Reach Us


Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation
610 NW Eleventh Street
Hermiston, OR 97838