Medical leadership changes in countywide hospice program

Prompted by a recent retirement, the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice office serving Lincoln and Tillamook counties has new physicians serving patients.

Warren Sparks, M.D., who served as the medical director over hospice for the past three years, retired in June to move with his family out of state. His role will be assumed by Emily Looney, M.D., medical director for the entire Samaritan Evergreen Hospice program.

Looney, board-certified in family medicine as well as hospice and palliative care, has been with Samaritan Health Services since 2016. In addition to her medical director responsibilities, she also sees patients part-time at a Samaritan clinic in Albany. She earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and her medical education at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Additionally, the hospice program in Lincoln and Tillamook counties is supported by local physicians Dean Orton, M.D., and Jerry Robbins, M.D. In addition to their hospice responsibilities, Orton sees patients at Samaritan Coastal Clinic in Lincoln City, while Robbins is a hospitalist at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.

“We have a fine team serving our coastal patients,” said Theresa Karlik, manager for Samaritan Evergreen Hospice’s program in Lincoln and Tillamook counties. “Our employees from both Newport and Lincoln City are dedicated experts, committed to providing the utmost in compassionate and quality care for our neighbors at the end of their lives.”

Samaritan’s hospice program underwent changes in March when the Albany-based Evergreen program expanded to the coast. The program continues to have a physical office in Newport, staffed by local employees. Approximately 350 patients each year from Lincoln and Tillamook counties receive hospice services through Samaritan.

To learn more about hospice services, call 541-574-1811.


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