A History of Caring for Others

For Jessie Lewis Clark, the Parable of the Good Samaritan was more than a Sunday school story about being neighborly—it was a call to action. Already a successful partner in the local animal health and wellness firm Hess & Clark, he envisioned a community health center in Ashland where no sick person would ever be refused care.

In 1912, Clark realized his dream by founding a 27-bed facility that he named, naturally, Samaritan Hospital. Today, Samaritan Hospital has grown and become part of University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center (UHSMC).

UHSMC serves the people of Ashland county and the surrounding area. It is committed to offering the highest quality care with compassion, respect, and integrity.


Continuing the Legacy

The Samaritan Hospital Foundation exists to continue this legacy of care and hospitality and to promote new programs and services to meet future community needs.

With the support of the Foundation, UH Samaritan Medical Center is able to offer a wide range of preventive care and specialized health services across the region, including:

  • Low-risk cardiac treatment
  • Rehabilitation programs in Ashland and Loudonville
  • Samaritan Sleep Lab
  • Women’s Health Services
  • The Kettering-Samaritan outpatient center in southern Ashland County

Learn more about University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center services, clinics, and programs.

In addition, Samaritan Hospital Foundation grants and partnerships have supported programs and purchases such as:

  • A 3-D mammogram machine
  • A fetal monitor and 4-D ultrasound machine
  • A suicide bed
  • Scholastic awards for Ashland County residents and SRHS employees and families who are pursuing study in nursing or allied medical fields
  • An Operation Street Smart drug education workshop for parents, educators, law enforcement officers, and EMTs
  • Programs to help families meet daily needs and to provide children with bicycles and playgrounds




Learn more about the impact of your donation to SHF or explore how you can support community health through the Samaritan Hospital Foundation.

Ways to Give

 Board of Directors

Paul R. Myers, Chair

Jack Vanosdall, Vice-Chair

Ronald Leddy, Treasurer

Kip Matteson, Secretary

Richard L. Beal, President

Melody Barnes

Anne Beer

Polly Chandler

Zane Gross

Don Haag







Mike Martin, MD

Dennis Miller

Dr. Philip Myers

Dale Thomae, DO

Bradley Bond, UH

Samaritan Hospital Foundation Staff


Paul Myers - Chairman of the Board Samaritan Hospital Foundation

Paul Myers

Chairman of the Board


Jerry Seiter, Director Development and Wellness Samaritan Hospital Foundation

Jerry Seiter

Director Development & Wellness Programs



Mona Campbell, Director Grants & Community Relations Director

Mona Campbell

Director Grants & Community Relations Director



Tiffany Roberts

Office Assistant