Adventist Health News Notes

June 16, 2015 | Jenni Glass

Lodi Health to Join Adventist Health Family

In May, the California attorney general approved the affiliation of Lodi Health with Adventist Health, paving the way for completion of the transaction. Lodi will become the 20th hospital in the four-state health system.

Lodi Health is a private, not-for-profit, 62-year-old community-based organization in Lodi, Calif., that includes 191-bed Lodi Memorial Hospital, 15 medical practices, several outpatient services and centers, an adult day care center, and a child care center.

“I am humbled and honored that your board has trusted our organization enough to have unanimously chosen to affiliate with Adventist Health,” said Scott Reiner, Adventist Health president and CEO, in a message to the Lodi Health workforce. “We don’t take that trust lightly. We will take good care of your hospital and this community. Adventist Health has a track record of joining a community and staying. We’ve been in one community for nearly 150 years and in four others for more than a century. Our entire system is eager to bring our distinctive mission of whole-person health and invest in the future of Lodi, a goal both organizations have shared with the community from the start.”

Leadership Announcements

Adventist Health Northwest Region and Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore., recently welcomed Don Welch as the new regional CFO and Terry Lyndon Johnsson as the executive director for mission integration.

Most recently Welch served as vice president and chief operating officer for Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, where he has worked for many years. During that time, he was an integral part in creating a culture of engagement and accountability while overseeing consistent financial performance and growth in the region.

Johnsson, most recently served as the senior radio chaplain and operational manager for WGTS-FM, a major-market contemporary Christian music station in Washington, D.C., and the second-most-listened-to noncommercial Christian radio station in America. Johnsson served three U.S. presidents as part of the U.S. Air Force White House honor guard. He has worked as a hospital chaplain, senior pastor, and youth and young adult pastor in Oregon, California and the Washington, D.C., area.

“Johnsson is a dedicated and talented spiritual leader who will help our team better deliver our spiritual mission, treat the whole-person needs of our patients and team members, and increase our engagement in the local faith community,” says Joyce Newmyer, Adventist Medical Center president and CEO.