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 Steve* was discharged from Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in Portland, Ore., in early December, he had no idea how soon he would return to the hospital — in good health. “I can’t believe that I was a patient at this hospital last week, and now I’m here praising God,” he said just days after his stay.
On a stormy night in November, Tillamook Regional Medical Center (TRMC) serves dinner at the Tillamook Adventist Church to the homeless. Folks come in from the dark, wind-whipped and wet, some arriving on foot, some in cars that double as their homes. A tiny woman with curly black hair and snappy brown eyes arrives. She wears a sheet of contractor’s plastic that falls to her shins with a hole cut for her head; rain sluices off her in sheets. Her shoes are covered in so many layers of duct tape they are comically large, like boats on her feet. Her name is Anya; she’s a veteran.
Adventist Health physicians spend each day living our mission — to share God’s love by providing physical, mental and spiritual healing. Out of more than 4,800 medical staff physicians, 18 were selected based on their commitment to remarkable patient care for the Physician of the Year Mission Awards, given at the Adventist Health Physician Leadership Symposium in October. The awardees came together from four states, 18 facilities and many different specialties, yet they all had in common their absolute commitment to the Adventist Health mission.
At Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore., modern medical technology paired with a whole-person approach to health is saving patients' toes, feet, legs and hands — every day.
Adventist Health’s limb preservation team offers the only comprehensive program of its kind in the Portland metro area that is equipped to save someone’s foot or hand due to diabetes. Among the hundreds of patients who have already benefited from the team’s expertise, 82 percent have diabetes.
At the recent General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, Adventist Health hosted a large booth in the exhibit hall along with its sister systems: Adventist HealthCare, based in Maryland; Adventist Health System, based in Florida; and Kettering Health Network, based in Ohio.
The booth was designed to inform and educate attendees about how the four health care systems are an integral part of the church’s mission and represent the church in a positive way to the many communities served.
Patients and visitors who walk into any of the Adventist Health hospitals in the Pacific Northwest are greeted with warm, friendly smiles. But there are some patients who arrive in the early morning hours who are greeted not just with a helpful smile, but by the face of a friend.
“I tell people that I’m part educator, part grandma and part boot camp sergeant,” jokes Renee Novak, an orthopedic nurse navigator at Aspire Orthopedic Institute in Portland, Ore. Except she’s not really joking.
In May, the California attorney general approved the affiliation of Lodi Health with Adventist Health, paving the way for completion of the transaction. Lodi will become the 20th hospital in the four-state health system.
Lodi Health is a private, not-for-profit, 62-year-old community-based organization in Lodi, Calif., that includes 191-bed Lodi Memorial Hospital, 15 medical practices, several outpatient services and centers, an adult day care center, and a child care center.
Adventist Health’s mission focuses on whole-person care, which means “sharing God’s love by providing physical, mental and spiritual healing.” To help promote care that includes a spiritual, mission focus, Adventist Health hosted its second annual Mission Day in Roseville, Calif., for the system’s leaders.