Adventist Health News Notes

March 21, 2016 | Shelby Seibold

Adventist Health's Roseville Office Receives Gold-Level Well Workplace Award

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.

Systemwide, Adventist Health’s worksite wellness initiative is known as LivingWell, a whole-person health and wellness program that encourages employees to take an active role in their well-being. LivingWell, which was originally created at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore., offers classes, activities and fitness challenges to help employees set and achieve health goals.

System leadership has challenged Adventist Health employees to maintain their BMI (body mass index) by 2017, defying the annual weight-gain trend in America. Reaching this goal means Adventist Health employees will collectively keep off 300,000 pounds by 2020, the equivalent of four fully loaded 18-wheel trucks. The ultimate goal is to lower health risks, increase energy to serve patients, and enjoy time with family and friends.

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Adventist Health System Executives Meet Lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

Meredith Jobe, vice president and general counsel, and Tom Russell, former vice president for population health, represented Adventist Health at the Annual Advocacy Day sponsored by the Adventist Health Policy Association (AHPA) last fall in Washington, D.C. The group of 20 AHPA leaders from five systems met with 40 congressional offices to share AHPA’s Five Steps to Health in America: A Health Policy Agenda for the Next President and Congress of the United States.

The book, built on the Seventh-day Adventist health legacy, makes 75 recommendations to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual health of the communities Adventists serve. The group also discussed issues related to health care payment reform and regulatory modernization. Visit to view a PDF version of the book.

Leadership Announcements

Washington's Walla Walla General Hospital welcomes Jaci Cress into the role of director of spiritual care. Cress graduated with a degree in theology and a minor in biblical languages from Walla Walla University in 2005 and went on to complete a Master of Divinity in 2009 from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.

Cress has completed four units of clinical pastoral education at Florida Hospital in Orlando, where she previously spent five years ministering as a chaplain. Most recently, she served as an adjunct professor both at Adventist University of Health Sciences (formerly Florida Hospital College) in Orlando and in the Walla Walla University religion department. 

Adventist Health Medical Group in Portland, Ore., is pleased to welcome its new chief medical officer, Ralph Prows. In his role, Prows will provide vision, direction and education to the 133 providers who deliver exceptional care to patients served by Adventist Health’s 34 clinics in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.