Adventist Healthcare News – April 2017

Adventist Health Unveils New Mission and Branding

In addition to all Adventist Health hospitals currently undergoing a rebranding process, the health system recently announced an update to its mission, The Sentinel reports.  “Our new mission statement goes from sharing God’s love to living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope,” Andrea Kofl, president of Adventist Health Central Valley Network, said. “That’s important to us because we want to have our mission statement reflect what we are doing on a daily basis.” Adventist Health has hospitals throughout California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii and 4,000 physicians, providers, employees and volunteers.

Loma Linda University Health Recognized in Top 25 Places to Work in Health Care in the U.S.

“Loma Linda University Health had ranked 25th among all U.S. hospitals and health systems in Indeed.com’s list of best places to work in the health care industry,” announces Loma Linda University Health. Some of the benefits the health system offers to its employees include attractive medical and dental benefits, retirement plans, paid leave and sick leave, a free gym membership, health screenings, weight loss programs, smoking cessation nutrition support, exercise, personal health coaching, and free counseling services, and the new company benefit programs involving identify theft protection, credit monitoring, and access to online financial wellness planning. “Loma Linda University Health employs nearly 16,000 people across its six hospitals and eight schools, and it receives more than 85,000 job applications annually.”

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Centura Health, Anthem BlueCross Reach Agreement

After some worry that Anthem BlueCross BlueShield may drop Centura Health from its network, the two organizations “have finalized terms of a [Colorado] statewide, three-year agreement to take effect May 1,” according to The Durango Herald. Centura Health has 17 hospitals across Colorado and western Kansas and more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 employees, in addition to 2 senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado.”

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Named One of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety

“Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety by the Women’s Choice Award, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is in the top 15% of 3,005 U.S. hospitals for patient safety,” announces PRWeb. “Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 149-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County. It is a proud member of the Adventist Health System, providing a legacy of health and healing for more than 150 years.”

AMITA Health Offers Unique Opportunity for Medicare Recipients to Determine Whether They Have Alzheimer’s

“AMITA Health is offering a unique opportunity for Medicare recipients with mild memory loss, cognitive impairment or dementia to undergo at minimal expense a diagnostic test for Alzheimer’s disease that usually costs thousands of dollars,” reports PRNewswire. “The health system is participating in the Imaging Dementia-Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study, which seeks to determine how the use of a positron emission tomography (PET) brain scan affects the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. This type of PET scan can reveal the presence of amyloid plaque, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s.” AMITA Health is a faith based health system created by Adventist Midwest Health and Alexian Brothers Health System, consisting of nine hospitals and an extensive physician provider network of more than 3,000 physicians.