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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.