I am of a like mind with you on this, KCabreira.
So here’s my riff…for what it’s worth–about two bits, maybe.
In my view the sale of Paradise Valley was a tragedy and the sale of Walla Walla Valley General hospital or whatever would, or will be, most unfortunate, though I executive challenges.
P.T. McGann, J.A. Burden, Ellen G. White, F.M. Burg–my my great grandfather–and their fellow believers, pastors, and administrators who supported the establishment of these institutions would be astonished, pleased, and yet disheartened, I believe, by what they see of our health care system in many quarters.
The myriads of humble, kind, and competent people who have built and have run these systems in many ways have been all-too-often superseded by the very spirit that got John Harvey Kellogg fired from the Battle Creek Sanitarium.
Some kind of balance between humility and confidence is needed–and between continuity and change,
I believe if our institutions truly listen and team with the communities they serve, addressing felt needs, that they can survive and thrive and witness to the values of the best our forefathers and foremothers offered as members of the little Advent movement working about Adventist institutions.
If they simply are Adventist Wealth Systems–dominated b some who want to simply live as well-paddeed CEO’s they should not survive.
Dr. Sammy Crooks, anatomist, at Loma Linda, with his blue sky poem he read to new medical students about when the sun comes up the at dawn and puts on its blue overalls on in the form of the sky and goes to work arises as metaphor of worthy remembrance…
When the Adventist medical/health work puts on its duds for the day or the decades, or a century its leaders/institutions best be working class dudes putting on blue overalls–blue jeans as a metaphor ignifying a commitment to go out into the world and listen, serve, and work with people to help restore communities and broken bodies—and to prevent such challenges as the scourge of tobacco or opiates.
Helping raise millions of dollars to build community focused institutions such as the new one LLU is building in San Bernardino for an under-privileged community as partners, that’s the kind of mission that fits with our heritage.
I have not given upon Adventist health care, but I have been disabused of its purity–too long ago leaving my wet ears behind. I will not cite specifics
As Curtis King, professor in the School of Public Health at LLU said in management class to us: “The only justification for hierarchy is service.”
The role of management is to really listen to people and to help the brothers, sisters and cousins be effective servants–and to help up door so understanding about how we can better serve. Question and listen to the pulse of a community–and remember, it’s not a out a $1.5 million salary, it’s about the guy or on the line in the “autoclave uni” may be doing as important a work for $15 an hour as that CEO.
Many of my heroes understood such as physicians and Adventist health leaders. I think that as we move toward Healthy People 2030 objectives in he USA we need to advance those kind of people to save our hospitals, listen to communities, and to address the highest priorities in prevention/health system transformation in the USA.
From my perspective the mission of Adventist health care is: 1) provide excellence in a full spectrum of health and medical services in collaboration with communities 2) humbly do the best to make the character of G*d apparent in the world—the teaching of the Good Samaritan is a good place to start and 3) and to provide opportunities for people compassion, empathy, and caring to live lives of service.
Finally, I believe we should care a rat’s fanny if a building is sold. But what we do care is about making sure that a caring, spiritual culture thrives and survives until the End of Adventist health care.
The a restatement mission of the Advent Movement–in my view-- is finally, “health for all” from birth to death and before and after.
Institutions–edifices–are secondary. Human and G*d-focuse relationships should be the priority. Treating people with great dignity.
Let’s put on our jeans and go to work–wherever we are. But for now, I’m gonna hang out reading Spectrum.