Most people experience pain, stress, anxiety and confusion when entering a hospital. Let’s face it: No one really wants to be in a hospital. We would much rather experience health and vitality in the comfort of our homes surrounded by the familiarity of family.
Hospital chaplains understand why patients and their families have a yearning for compassion, hope and peace when they're celebrating life, processing complex situations or dealing with unbearable grief. Their clinical sacred calling provides a soul connection to patients.
Research shows consumers consider quality, safety and value among the top indicators when shopping for an automobile. The same should be true when selecting a hospital. While having a conversation with their physician and health plan about finding the right hospital for their care, potential patients can personally review a hospital’s scorecard for quality care and patient safety. Asking the right questions may lead to more positive experiences.
High school students in Portland, Ore., are getting a firsthand look at health care careers thanks to the innovative Student Healthcare Leaders program developed by Terry Johnsson, Adventist Health’s Pacific Northwest Region executive director of mission integration, and funded by the Adventist Health Portland Foundation.
The program’s first 10 students began their health care journey in February 2018. They meet weekly to learn about a specific department of Adventist Health Portland.
Each year the Adventist Health Foundation recognizes people in the Portland, Ore., community who give of themselves to meet the needs of others and names them Heroes of the Heart.
Proceeds from this year’s foundation gala benefited the lifesaving services at Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular. The generous gifts shared by attendees and the Adventist Health Foundation’s key partners will have an immediate and lasting impact on friends, family and loved ones in the local community.
“I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matt. 25:36).
One day in the Tillamook County Jail on the Oregon coast, an inmate was having a seizure in his bunk bed. His cellmates pulled him from the bed and began performing CPR. The jail’s medical team rushed to the cell and resuscitated him before the ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital.
If the medical staff hadn’t been there to help this inmate, he would have died.
The city of Portland, Ore., recently recognized Terry Johnsson with the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. Johnsson, a Portland native, is Adventist Health's Pacific Northwest Region vice president of mission integration. The award recognizes Johnsson for his commitment to helping communities triumph beyond struggles and challenges.
Terry Johnsson, vice president of mission integration for the Pacific Northwest Region of Adventist Health in Portland, Ore., was the first Adventist recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the city of Portland. The award was presented to him at the 33rd Anniversary Celebration of the “Keep Alive the Dream” Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute held in Portland on Jan. 15, 2018.
Adventist Health Portland and Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) formally announced an agreement this week to form an affiliation to better serve the metropolitan population of Portland, Ore. This relationship becomes effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Under the affiliation, both organizations will operate as a unified system of clinical services and share a financial bottom line for those services. Each, however, will retain its unique mission, existing hospital licenses, capital assets and employees.