Healing a Big Heart

Miriam Salvador has always had a big heart for her heritage and culture. A resident of the Acoma Reservation in northwestern New Mexico, Salvador spends her free time sewing, designing Indian art and making traditional clothing. As an outpouring of her love for her culture and community, she gifts these to her friends and neighbors.

Tillamook Creates Smiles for Miles

September 16, 2018 / Melody Ayers

The mouth is a window to the rest of our body, often providing warning signs of heart disease, diabetes or cancer. Realizing the importance of oral health in maintaining wellness, Adventist Health’s Tillamook Regional Medical Center on the Oregon coast is helping to provide dental care for those who lack adequate resources for a dental visit.

Soul Matters

August 31, 2018 / C.J. Anderson

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.

Making Knowledgeable Choices

June 27, 2018 / Judy Leach

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.

Adventist Health Portland Inspires High School Students

June 08, 2018 / Laurel Rogers

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.

Local Heroes Inspire Health, Wholeness and Hope

May 11, 2018 / C.J. Anderson

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.

Providing Hope to a Community — of Inmates

March 08, 2018 / Judy Leach

“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.

Portland Native Honored for Helping Keep Hope Shining Bright

February 04, 2018 / Judy Leach

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.