Each year Alaska's Wrangell Church members conduct Vacation Bible School throughout Alaska as part of their church outreach. The summer of 2018 was full of mountaintop experiences and low valleys.
Every day, it may look like Lisa Bennett comes to work and does pretty much the same thing. After all, as director of cardiopulmonary services and the sleep lab at Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH), some of her tasks are fairly routine.
At Adventist Health, we believe that learning goes beyond the classroom. In fact, we’re convinced that on-the-job training is an essential part of the education process. Toward that end, the Roseville, Calif.-based organization—with 20 hospitals throughout California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington—offers internships to college students who want to put classroom theories to practice and gain real-world experience.
Some time ago, the father of an ICU nurse was admitted to Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) with heart problems. Things weren’t looking good when Walt Meske, a hospital chaplain, stopped by for a visit. “As I came in the room, he said, ‘I think my time’s about up.’ You could see the uncertainty in his eyes, so I just asked if he was ready. He opened up with a flood of questions. ‘Tell me, what does it mean? What happens?’”
TCGH’s Faith in Action volunteers offer hope, support and friendship to the elderly and people of all ages who suffer from chronic illness, mental illness and other disabilities. In 2002 alone, the Faith in Action coalition made a difference by:
• Recruiting more than 100 volunteers
• Donating nearly 6,000 hours in aid to area families
• Enabling 104 local residents to remain independent and at home through visits and respite care
When Twinetta Frazer’s physician prescribed an exercise program to reduce her weight and stabilize her diabetes, the Marie Mills Madrona House, a local agency for disabled adults, immediately contacted Tillamook County General Hospital (TCGH). The hospital’s Faith in Action program, which assists the disabled and chronically ill with the help of volunteers, was more than happy to lend a hand. They quickly matched Frazer with volunteer Connie Sutton and the two became fast friends.
Adventist Medical Center Offers New Service to New Moms
Whether you’re a patient, family member, or on-duty employee, Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in Portland, Ore., strives to make the Sabbath hours a special and memorable time for all. From singing bands to worship services to flowers and Bible verses, employees and volunteers take time to infuse a peaceful and calming Sabbath atmosphere throughout the facility.
Outreach Through Song and Worship