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Transfer Halted ... WWGH to Close July 24

June 20, 2017

The following media release from the Northwest Region office of Adventist Health on Monday, June 19, has announced that the pending plans to transfer control of Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) to Providence Health & Services have been discontinued. This will lead to the closure of WWGH effective July 24, 2017. We encourage Northwest members to add their prayers for all affected by this change: WWGH staff and families, the surrounding churches and wider community ... and even Adventist Health leaders who also feel the loss of this ministry outlet deeply.

The Heart and Soul of Sacred Work

June 05, 2017 / Judy Leach

Since she was a child, Jessica Lee envisioned one day entering a profession that involved caring for small children. She especially sensed her special connection with babies. Infants, in turn, seemed drawn to her nurturing voice and attentive heart.

With these qualities, it’s no wonder Lee eventually pursued her sacred calling at Walla Walla University’s School of Nursing with a desire to influence care and make a difference in the lives of moms and babies.

Inspiring Hope Across the Globe: A Story From Sierra Leone

May 23, 2017 / Justin Mock

When your mission is rooted in living God’s love, you may find yourself called to cross an ocean to carry out that mission. That’s what happened in the lives of five Tillamook Regional Medical Center (TRMC) employees.

The five-member team from Tillamook, Ore., flew to Sierra Leone in West Africa in February to volunteer at Adventist Health System’s Waterloo Hospital. For 10 days, they shared their unique set of skills and expertise to provide healing and build relationships with the community.

Gratitude: An Essential Foundation for Spiritual Well-Being

May 23, 2017 / Jaci Cress

Mario DeLise had a vision in 2009 to develop an event through which attendees could participate in meaningful dialogue on spirituality and health care. At the time, DeLise was the spiritual care director at Walla Walla General Hospital in southeast Washington.

What began as a way to provide education, practical skill-building and fellowship for area ministers quickly grew both in size and diversity. The hospital held the seventh annual Spiritual Care Symposium in January 2017.

Adventist Health Announces New Directions in Walla Walla

April 03, 2017

Adventist Health has announced intentions to transfer control of Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) and related services to Walla Walla Providence in Walla Walla, Wash., this summer. As part of the transfer agreement, Adventist Health will continue an active presence in the area with plans to administer a special fund for new and innovative services within the Walla Walla Valley.

Spritual Care Volunteers Provide Comfort, Support for Portland Surgery Patients

February 23, 2017 / C.J. Anderson

A Prayerful Companion

The mission of Adventist Health calls each team member to care for patients and guests in unique and personal ways. This emphasis on faith leads team members to serve the spiritual needs of the community as well. A new collaboration between Adventist Health’s spiritual care team and dedicated volunteers is making prayer a present and personal part of surgeries at Adventist Medical Center.

News Notes

February 02, 2017

Bockmann Named CEO of Walla Walla General Hospital

Rick Bockmann has been named president and CEO of Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash., according to Joyce Newmyer, president and CEO of the Pacific Northwest Region of Adventist Health. Bockmann, who has served as CEO of Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, Calif., since 2011, began his new role on Dec. 12, 2016. He replaced Bob Beehler, who has served as interim CEO of Walla Walla General for the last several months.

Adventist Medical Center’s Annual Celebration of Thanksgiving

January 08, 2017 / Kristi Spurgeon

Autumn in Portland, Ore., offers many reasons to give thanks — the return of the rainy season, hot drinks, generous spirits, good music. For each of the past eight years, Adventist Health in Portland has joined in this giving spirit by hosting a free Celebration of Thanksgiving concert to thank the community for 120 years of placing their faith in Adventist Health.

“It’s becoming a traditional kick off to the holiday season and this year's concert was truly a blessing,” says David Russell, Adventist Health Portland president and CEO, who founded the event eight years ago.