The Adventist Health Mission Behind the Scenes

The Adventist Health Mission Behind the Scenes When you enter Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH), you’ll find all the features, technologies and services you would expect from a top-notch healthcare facility. But you’ll notice something else as well. You’ll quickly see that the men and women who make each service possible are happy to be there. Those who serve at the hospital are dedicated to fulfilling its mission; they seek to restore peace, hope and health—to do this as Christ did. Perspectives on Healing Desireé Patzer is the medical staff coordinator at WWGH. She’s worked at the 72-bed hospital, located at the base of the Blue Mountains in southeastern Washington, for 19 years. During that time, she has come to appreciate the hospital from several unique perspectives. “It’s one thing to interact as a co-worker,” Patzer explained, “but quite another to experience the hospital as a patient. Our daughter was born at WWGH, and my husband, Barry, had a number of surgeries there. The hospital’s mission isn’t just something nice to print on business cards or stationery—we have witnessed it in action. The people here are so caring and comforting. We received so much emotional and spiritual support, in addition to the healing process.” From Behind the Scenes Patzer is an integral part of the network of support that patients can expect at WWGH. Her co-workers describe Patzer as gifted, competent and pleasant. She is admired for her integrity, her communication skills and her adaptability. “Desireé is very personable and always has a smile for everyone,” reported Peggy Morrison, administrative secretary. “She is accessible and goes the extra mile to make people feel valued.” Scott Newbold, assistant chief of staff, appreciates Patzer’s skills. “Our jobs would be much more difficult and time-consuming without her assistance. She is the one who makes the medical staff run smoothly and efficiently.” “Desireé coordinates a service that is so integral to our core mission—the activities of our medical staff,” added Marjorie Simons, vice president of patient care. “Our organization has been recognized as a benchmark for some of these functions, which is a tribute to how valuable Desireé really is. I appreciate her excellent organization skills, knowledge and initiative.” Whatever Your Hand Finds to Do Patzer lives each day in fulfillment of the mission of WWGH. She shows kindness to everyone she meets and has a ready smile to accompany each task she takes on. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might...." Patzer does that. If, like Patzer, you are inspired by knowing you have done your best, then perhaps there is something waiting for you at WWGH as well—an opportunity to help fulfill the hospital’s mission and contribute your unique skills and talents in a meaningful way. If you dream of making a difference in a Christian work environment, log on to the hospital’s Web site at www.wwgh.com, or visit www.adventisthealth.org and discover a career that’s right for you.

The Adventist Health Mission

Behind the Scenes

When you enter Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH), you’ll find all the features, technologies and services you would expect from a top-notch healthcare facility. But you’ll notice something else as well. You’ll quickly see that the men and women who make each service possible are happy to be there.

Those who serve at the hospital are dedicated to fulfilling its mission; they seek to restore peace, hope and health—to do this as Christ did.

Perspectives on Healing

Desireé Patzer is the medical staff coordinator at WWGH. She’s worked at the 72-bed hospital, located at the base of the Blue Mountains in southeastern Washington, for 19 years. During that time, she has come to appreciate the hospital from several unique perspectives.

“It’s one thing to interact as a co-worker,” Patzer explained, “but quite another to experience the hospital as a patient. Our daughter was born at WWGH, and my husband, Barry, had a number of surgeries there. The hospital’s mission isn’t just something nice to print on business cards or stationery—we have witnessed it in action. The people here are so caring and comforting. We received so much emotional and spiritual support, in addition to the healing process.”

From Behind the Scenes

Patzer is an integral part of the network of support that patients can expect at WWGH. Her co-workers describe Patzer as gifted, competent and pleasant. She is admired for her integrity, her communication skills and her adaptability. “Desireé is very personable and always has a smile for everyone,” reported Peggy Morrison, administrative secretary. “She is accessible and goes the extra mile to make people feel valued.”

Scott Newbold, assistant chief of staff, appreciates Patzer’s skills. “Our jobs would be much more difficult and time-consuming without her assistance. She is the one who makes the medical staff run smoothly and efficiently.”

“Desireé coordinates a service that is so integral to our core mission—the activities of our medical staff,” added Marjorie Simons, vice president of patient care. “Our organization has been recognized as a benchmark for some of these functions, which is a tribute to how valuable Desireé really is. I appreciate her excellent organization skills, knowledge and initiative.”

Whatever Your Hand Finds to Do

Patzer lives each day in fulfillment of the mission of WWGH. She shows kindness to everyone she meets and has a ready smile to accompany each task she takes on. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might...." Patzer does that.

If, like Patzer, you are inspired by knowing you have done your best, then perhaps there is something waiting for you at WWGH as well—an opportunity to help fulfill the hospital’s mission and contribute your unique skills and talents in a meaningful way. If you dream of making a difference in a Christian work environment, log on to the hospital’s Web site at www.wwgh.com, or visit www.adventisthealth.org and discover a career that’s right for you.

April 01, 2004 / Adventist Health
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