Adventist Healthcare News – June 2017

Banko Promoted to Chief Executive at Centura Health

“Centura Health has promoted Peter D. Banko to chief executive, replacing Gary S. Campbell, who will step down Sept. 1 to take on a new executive role within the organization,” reports BizWest Media. “Banko has been Centura’s president and chief operating officer since May 2016. Prior to that, Banko was senior vice president, group executive officer and chief integration officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. Centura is a joint venture of Catholic Health Initiatives and Adventist Health System.”

Shawnee Mission Medical Center Gets $1 Million Grant for Special Needs Center and Employee Daycare

“The Hall Family Foundation has donated $1 million toward the construction of a new facility for employee day care and therapy for children with developmental disabilities at Shawnee Mission Medical Center,” according to the Kansas City Star. “The hospital said in a news release that its charitable wing, The Foundation for SMMC, has now raised $15 million of the $20 million it estimates will be needed to build the B.E. Smith Family Center. The infant development center currently serves about 200 children, ages birth to 6, weekly, through individualized programs that include physical, occupation and music therapy, speech-language pathology, special education, behavior analysis and social work.”

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Loma Linda University Health Opens Neuropathic Therapy Center

“Loma Linda University Health has opened a new Neuropathic Therapy Center, home to an innovative, drug-free, surgery-free treatment program for people suffering from peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) caused by chemotherapy, diabetes or other conditions,” reports Loma Linda University Health. The Neuropathic Therapy Center will feature a treatment called intraneural facilitation™ developed by the center’s clinic director Mark Bussell, DPT. “This evidence-based approach utilizes physical-therapy-based holds to stretch nerve areas and deliver blood supply to damaged nerves,” with many people reporting lessening of their neuropathy symptoms after the first treatment. Loma Linda University Health is the only place to offer this type of therapy.

Simi Valley Hospital Earns Stroke Honors

“Simi Valley Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll,” according to Ventura County Star. “The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.” Simi Valley Hospital is a 144-bed hospital in Simi Valley, California, and a part of Adventist Health.

Gordon Hospital a Little-Known Star of Safety in Northwest Ga.

“The Leapfrog Group has given the 69-bed Gordon Hospital straight A’s for patient safety since the ratings debuted in 2012 — the only Georgia hospital to achieve this distinction,” Rome News Tribune reports. “The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last year gave the Calhoun hospital a five-star rating, its best score. Again, it was the only five-star in the state.” The hospital, part of Adventist Health System, credits their high-quality to doctors and staff following “best practice” guidelines and to their facility’s religious orientation.