News Notes

Alan J. Rice retired as senior vice president at Adventist Health and concluded his 36-year career Dec. 31, 2006. During his tenure, Rice worked in many leadership capacities and received many national recognition awards. As a result of Rice’s retirement, Scott Reiner, formerly president and CEO of Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC), assumed the role of senior vice president at the corporate offices in Roseville, Calif.

Reiner now chairs the boards of five Northern California hospitals and three Central California hospitals. He also oversees Business Development, Physician Strategies, and Acquisitions and Divestitures.

Reiner has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif., and a master’s degree in Health Administration from California State University, Northridge.

Morre Dean has been named president and CEO of GAMC, according to Robert G. Carmen, executive vice president/COO of Adventist Health and board chair of the Southern California facility. Dean assumed his new role at the beginning of the year.

For the previous seven years, Dean served as president and CEO at Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash. During his tenure, he oversaw a $4 million financial turnaround, the installation of a permanent MRI unit and the construction of a $20 million state-of-the-art retirement center.

A graduate of Union College in Lincoln, Neb., Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Adventist Health hosted its first Physician Symposium late last year in San Diego, Calif. Themed “Directions ’06: Charting our Quality Course,” the event, which attracted more than 250 people, focused on clinical quality and featured several nationally renowned physician speakers.

“The goal of this symposium was to bring together physicians from our 20 hospitals and give them an opportunity to network and learn more about our quality journey,” stated Donald R. Ammon, president and CEO of Adventist Health. “Providing the best, up-to-date care to our patients is a top priority and collaborating with our physicians on the latest quality trends is an important aspect of our commitment to our patients and our mission.”

Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore., and Tillamook County General Hospital in Tillamook, Ore., were among several Adventist Health home care services named “elite” by Outcome Concept Systems, Inc. The Seattle-based company, which provides data products and benchmark services for home health, hospice and private duty agencies, recently named nine of Adventist Health’s home care agencies to the 2006 HomeCare Elite list.

The inaugural listing of the top tier U.S. home health care agencies honors those who rank in the top 25 percent in their region based upon quality of care, quality improvement and financial performance.

“We’re very proud of our agencies that made the HomeCare Elite list,” said Sherry Mendoza, director of Adventist Health Home Care Services. “What’s more, having four agencies rank in the top 500 further validates our commitment to quality patient care and dedication to our distinctive mission.”

For more information, please visit www.adventisthealth.org.

February 01, 2007 / Adventist Health
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