Living Our Mission Every Day

September 24, 2016 / John Ellison

When Jane* came to the Adventist Health Medical Group Rockwood Urgent Care in Portland, Ore., she was emotional, tearful and smelling obviously of alcohol.

I looked over her extensive medical records for any serious issues. Jane was in her late 50s and struggled with homelessness, alcohol intoxication, drug use, mental health issues and frequent trips to the emergency department.

In her records, I noticed a number listed along with instructions to call it immediately if Jane ever showed up to an emergency department.

Memory Care Facilities Stimulate Memories With Innovative Spaces

August 25, 2016 / Ali Reiner

Parkview Memory Centers are using innovative activities and experiences to stimulate memories in Alzheimer’s and dementia residents. The centers are located at Generation's Wheatland Village in Walla Walla, Wash., and CherryWood Village in Portland, Ore.

“Each community has spaces that resemble a space or time in a resident’s life,” says Melody Gabriel, Generations president and Adventist Health board member. “There’s a small chapel that looks like a church, a beauty parlor, an auto garage and an eatery.”

WWGH Welcomes Medical Students

August 19, 2016 / Laurel Rogers

Northwest Adventists have a long history of providing quality higher education in southeast Washington. Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) has joined that educational legacy by providing clinical education for third-year medical students from the Pacific Northwest University (PNWU) College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, Wash.

Adventist Health Explores OHSU Affiliation

August 09, 2016

According to a joint statement released Aug. 9, Adventist Health, OHSU (Oregon Health & Science University) and OHSU Partners have signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to pursue an affiliation. If a final agreement is reached, the affiliation would integrate Adventist Health’s Portland-area clinical enterprise with OHSU’s clinical enterprise, under the direction of OHSU Partners.

Employees Shred Pounds in Weight Loss Competition

June 17, 2016 / Mary Faith Bell

Adventist Health embraces wellness for employees, believing a healthy workforce is essential to the mission of the organization — whole-person health of the mind, body and spirit. As an organization, Adventist Health is undertaking wellness initiatives to inspire and encourage employees and providers to care for their own health.

At Tillamook Regional Medical Center on the Oregon coast, the surgery department recently concluded a 12-week weight loss competition called Surgery Shred.

PrayerWorks in the Pacific Northwest

May 04, 2016 / Kristi Spurgeon

Each week, a group of Adventist Health chaplains and volunteers in Portland comes together to pray aloud for community prayer requests, one by one. It’s all part of Adventist Health’s commitment to demonstrating the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

Heart Month Gets a Positive Beat

April 06, 2016 / Laurel Rogers

Adventist Health’s Northwest Region celebrated Heart Month in February with special events, podcasts and information that encouraged heart-healthy habits.

Through its annual Art for the Heart community celebration, Tillamook Regional Medical Center on Oregon’s coast teamed with area artists to hold a monthlong art show. Meanwhile, Walla Walla General Hospital in southeast Washington partnered with local restaurants to put heart-healthy entrees on their February menus during the third annual Dine Out Heart Smart program.

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.