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.
Adventist Health has a legacy in mission focus and whole-person care that has stood strong through many changing health care policies and uncertain financial times. The reason for this is Adventist Health’s firm rooting in its mission, says JoAline Olson, senior vice president/chief human resources and innovation officer. To promote this mission-focused care, Adventist Health hosted a Mission Day event for the system’s leaders in Roseville, Calif.
Approximately 60 people gathered on a blustery winter day in the historic North County Recreation District art gallery in Nehalem, Ore., and enjoyed good conversation, the company of fellow art lovers and art based upon the theme of the heart. The original art show was sponsored by Tillamook Regional Medical Center (TRMC) to spread heart health awareness.
Trust is an important factor in a successful patient and physician relationship. Ted Mackett, general surgeon at Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in Portland, Ore., understands this concept and specializes in establishing remarkable trust with his patients. "He takes time to understand the patient’s life beyond just their medical chart and gets to know intimate details such as their family dynamics, what makes them happy or their hobbies,” says Wesley Rippey, AMC chief medical officer.
Adventist Medical Center Named Among America’s Healthiest Employer
Adventist Medical Center is the only health system in Portland, Ore., to be named among the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America. The honor comes from Healthiest Employers, a leader in employee health analytics, best practices and benchmark data. Adventist Health was ranked the 12th healthiest company in the nation due to its viable success through a broad range of corporate wellness programs and employee wellness initiatives.
At Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH), amidst the hustle and bustle of hospital life, you can also find a spa-like environment — a room with soft lighting that makes the space look like a vacation spot with calm music and warm tea made to perfection as people talk, laugh and relax. This environment is made possible once or twice a month for employees as a part of a program called Tea for the Soul.
Changes in health care policy and increasing medical needs of individuals have the potential to make health care a more impersonal experience. However, Adventist Health physicians are working daily to preserve warm, personalized patient care. Adventist Health honored 17 such physicians, who have gone beyond expectations to provide compassionate care. These physicians were recipients of the 2013 Physician of the Year Mission Awards, given at Adventist Health’s fifth annual Physician Leadership Symposium in Sacramento, Calif.
After two years of remodeling and construction, the Walla Walla (Wash.) General Hospital (WWGH) $16 million capital campaign renovation project is complete. To mark the special occasion, WWGH hosted an open house event in September during which nearly 600 community members, board members, medical staff, volunteers and employees gathered to celebrate. The event featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hors d'oeuvres served by Creekside Café (cafeteria) and employee-led tours of the renovated areas.
During the past year, more than 97 percent of Adventist Health Portland’s employees volunteered to enroll in the organization's highly interactive wellness program, designed to help create a continued focus on whole person health.