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.

Adventist Health Honors Physicians’ Commitment to Healing

November 18, 2016 / Sandra Meyers

Elizabeth McMurtry has a commitment to healing that extends beyond the care she provides to patients every day in the emergency department at Walla Walla General Hospital in southeast Washington. She’s focused on the generations of physicians who will follow in her footsteps and be providing care to her patients’ children and grandchildren.

Paying It Forward

November 05, 2016

Like clockwork for the past three years, Dave starts his Tuesday mornings at the farmer’s market, before he heads to the Adventist Health hospice house where he delivers bouquets of flowers, smiles and words of good cheer. Like the actions displayed in the movie Pay It Forward, Dave’s weekly visits create a similar ripple effect all their own.

Living Our Mission Every Day

September 24, 2016 / John Ellison

When Jane* came to the Adventist Health Medical Group Rockwood Urgent Care in Portland, Ore., she was emotional, tearful and smelling obviously of alcohol.

I looked over her extensive medical records for any serious issues. Jane was in her late 50s and struggled with homelessness, alcohol intoxication, drug use, mental health issues and frequent trips to the emergency department.

In her records, I noticed a number listed along with instructions to call it immediately if Jane ever showed up to an emergency department.

Memory Care Facilities Stimulate Memories With Innovative Spaces

August 25, 2016 / Ali Reiner

Parkview Memory Centers are using innovative activities and experiences to stimulate memories in Alzheimer’s and dementia residents. The centers are located at Generation's Wheatland Village in Walla Walla, Wash., and CherryWood Village in Portland, Ore.

“Each community has spaces that resemble a space or time in a resident’s life,” says Melody Gabriel, Generations president and Adventist Health board member. “There’s a small chapel that looks like a church, a beauty parlor, an auto garage and an eatery.”

WWGH Welcomes Medical Students

August 19, 2016 / Laurel Rogers

Northwest Adventists have a long history of providing quality higher education in southeast Washington. Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) has joined that educational legacy by providing clinical education for third-year medical students from the Pacific Northwest University (PNWU) College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, Wash.