St. Helena Hospital Renamed Adventist Health St. Helena. St. Helena Hospital has been renamed Adventist Health St. Helena and has adopted a new mission statement. The name will align St. Helena with 21 Adventist Health hospitals on the West Coast, covering Oregon, Washington, California and Oahu. According to Steven Herber, the hospital's president and CEO, the new mission statement, "broadens our focus from solely caring for the sick to helping communities be healthier. It reflects our heritage of providing physical, mental, and spiritual care and compels us to break down the walls of a traditional health system and extend our reach more deeply into the community.” Adventist Health is focused on the importance of “systemness” across its 21 sites and 275 clinics. Leveraging shared tools and resources across all of its facilities frees up local sites so each one can utilize its resources on meeting the health and wellness needs of the community, a news release said. From the Napa Valley Register, “St. Helena Hospital adopts a new name, mission statement.”
Papua New Guinea Adventists Hold Community Clean-a-thon. Adventists from over 12 Provinces in Papua New Guinea conducted a massive clean-a-thon on the streets of Mt. Hagen City. The clean-a-thon is part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s new project called Total Membership Involvement (TMI). Communication Director of Western Highlands Mission, Pastor Solomon Paul, said the Church felt the need to clean the city. Church members are holding meetings after which members will put up rubbish drums in the city. From EMTV, “Western Highlands SDA Mission Hosts Massive Clean-athon in Mt Hagen City.”
Jamaica Adventist Youth Repair Homes for Seniors. The third-annual Operation Save-A-Youth project (OSAY), sponsored by the Jamaica Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, tackled 70+ tasks in St. Catherine, including repairing the homes of two senior citizens. Barbara Denton and Josephine Hall both own one-bedroom homes which were suffering serious deterioration and were mended. "I am feeling happy because God work out things for me. At the moment, I couldn't find it to help myself, and God has opened a door for me. I thank the guys also for being here for me. I don't know how I would cope if it weren't for the church, but with Christ in the vessel, you can smile at the storm," Denton said while smiling. Thousands of young men and women affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church gave back to their community by participating in these projects. From The Jamaica Gleaner, “Thank God and OSAY! – Woman Overjoyed For Renovated House.”
Over Half of Loma Linda University Medical School 2017 Graduates Choose Primary Care Residencies. More than half of Loma Linda University's 2017 medical school graduates are choosing primary care for their residency programs. The largest single specialty area is 26 in internal medicine, followed by 22 in pediatrics, and 20 in family medicine — all considered primary care fields. From The San Bernardino County Sun, “More than half of Loma Linda Med School seniors select primary care fields.”
Pam Dietrich taught English at Loma Linda Academy for 26 years and served there eight more years as the 7-12 librarian. She lives in Redlands, California.
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