Steven Fonseca, youth pastor for the North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash., attended the Seventh-day Adventist Global Youth Leaders Congress, held in Kassel, Germany, from July 31 to Aug. 4.
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.
According to a joint statement released Aug. 9, Adventist Health, OHSU (Oregon Health & Science University) and OHSU Partners have signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to pursue an affiliation. If a final agreement is reached, the affiliation would integrate Adventist Health’s Portland-area clinical enterprise with OHSU’s clinical enterprise, under the direction of OHSU Partners.
Adventist Health embraces wellness for employees, believing a healthy workforce is essential to the mission of the organization — whole-person health of the mind, body and spirit. As an organization, Adventist Health is undertaking wellness initiatives to inspire and encourage employees and providers to care for their own health.
At Tillamook Regional Medical Center on the Oregon coast, the surgery department recently concluded a 12-week weight loss competition called Surgery Shred.
Each week, a group of Adventist Health chaplains and volunteers in Portland comes together to pray aloud for community prayer requests, one by one. It’s all part of Adventist Health’s commitment to demonstrating the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
Adventist Health’s Northwest Region celebrated Heart Month in February with special events, podcasts and information that encouraged heart-healthy habits.
Through its annual Art for the Heart community celebration, Tillamook Regional Medical Center on Oregon’s coast teamed with area artists to hold a monthlong art show. Meanwhile, Walla Walla General Hospital in southeast Washington partnered with local restaurants to put heart-healthy entrees on their February menus during the third annual Dine Out Heart Smart program.
Adventist Health’s Roseville, Calif., office is one of only 28 companies nationwide — and the only one in California — to receive gold-level recognition in 2015 for its commitment to worksite wellness. The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) uses a rigorous set of criteria when evaluating organizations that compete to be recognized as among America’s healthiest companies.
When Steve* was discharged from Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in Portland, Ore., in early December, he had no idea how soon he would return to the hospital — in good health. “I can’t believe that I was a patient at this hospital last week, and now I’m here praising God,” he said just days after his stay.
On a stormy night in November, Tillamook Regional Medical Center (TRMC) serves dinner at the Tillamook Adventist Church to the homeless. Folks come in from the dark, wind-whipped and wet, some arriving on foot, some in cars that double as their homes. A tiny woman with curly black hair and snappy brown eyes arrives. She wears a sheet of contractor’s plastic that falls to her shins with a hole cut for her head; rain sluices off her in sheets. Her shoes are covered in so many layers of duct tape they are comically large, like boats on her feet. Her name is Anya; she’s a veteran.