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Neftali Pizano

Linn County – Health

Nef has approximately 15 years of healthcare experience, with 11 of those serving Linn/Benton counties while working for Samaritan Health Services. His career includes time in the clinical setting, as well as several years in front office roles, including registration and retail coordination. Nef also spent some time in data analytics, which has been very helpful in understanding the data challenges that are common in healthcare today. The last six years have been dedicated to progressively challenging administrative roles, including primary care, specialty clinic, and hospital department management. Nef holds an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, the latter from Oregon State University.


Nef currently serves as the Director of Primary Care Practices in Albany for Samaritan Health Services. In this role with Samaritan, Nef helps oversee daily operations of the primary care clinics in Albany, as well as Heartspring Wellness Center and InReach Medical Clinic. Nef also helps oversee primary care case coordination across Linn/Benton/Lincoln counties, as well as employee engagement through the Future Leaders of Samaritan Medical Group program. Currently, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the ABC House and is Co-Chair of the Linn-Benton Hispanic Advisory Committee. In his free time, Nef likes to spend as much time as possible with his wife, children, and extended family. He also enjoys playing golf, watching sports, and upgrading/tuning Hondas.