Adventist Hospitals in the News

David Peterson On Porter Adventist Hospital

The San – Sydney Adventist Hospital’s “200m dollar extenstion 

Waterloo Adventist Hospital Hit by Ebola

Loma Linda University Hospital’s $1.2bn Extension

Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital

We don’t see Adventist hospitals in Europe so it is good to read what is happening in some of the many Adventist hospitals around different parts of the world where they serve their communities as well as supporting care facilities further afield.

David Peterson On Porter Adventist Hospital:

David Peterson’s post on the death of his wife in the Huffingto Post was a moving tribute to Porter Adventist Hospital. A blogger on Huffington Post, Peterson describes himself as a veteran outdoorsman, and a founder of the Colorado chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. He was a Marine Corps helicopter pilot, and a sportsman-conservationist. He is also the author or editor of more than a dozen books. Twice he has been honored by the Colorado Wildlife Federation, as Conservationist of the Year, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Conservation. He is currently involved in a documentary film on ethical hunting.

But there was someone in Peterson’s life dearer to him than all that; I found this story very moving as this journalist expresses his feelings and grief over the loss of his dear wife and praising the loving care she received. Peterson’s post was titled, ‘A Love Letter to Angels’,

The San – Sydney Adventist Hospital’s “200m dollar extenstion

Another tribute to an Adventist hospital came from Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. It was the recent opening (17 October) of the new extension to the 12 story, 550-bed Sydney Adventist Hospital, the largest private not-for-profit hospital in New South Wales.

Although the data on this link seems to need updating, it does appear to tell us that ‘the San’, as it is fondly known, is the flagship of the church’s hospitals ‘down under’, and supports field hospitals and clinics with over 500 volunteers, and according Tony Abbott’s speech, has over 2500 staff  with 800 doctors.

Waterloo Adventist Hospital Hit by Ebola

Not all Adventist hospitals are as fortunate as the ‘San’. Those serving on the ‘front line’ are much more vulnerable, such as Waterloo Adventist Hospital, supporting government and other aid agencies that are overwhelmed with the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

(On the Ebola Virus, “Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the NGO with the largest working presence in the affected countries, had grown increasingly critical of the international response. A WHO spokesperson has said that, “ “The Ebola epidemic ravaging parts of West Africa is the most severe acute public health emergency seen in modern times.”).

Loma Linda University Hospital’s $1.2bn Extension

The ‘San’ isn’t the only hospital undergoing expansion; across ‘the pond’ Loma Linda University Hospital, has plans for a $1.2bn expansion.

Like Australia’s ‘San’, Loma Linda services care facilities further afield as well as having partnerships with other major medical institutions. “The hospital is also a teaching and researching base for medical students and scholars. It has student exchange programs with the United States, Germany, Japan, India, and Hong Kong.”

Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital

Not in the news but I thought it interesting to read of one such partnership Loma Linda has with the 1200 bed Sir Run Run Hospital. Says Wikipedia, it cooperates with and receives funding from the American Loma Linda University (LLU).

It is named after the successful Chinese billionaire media mogul and philanthropist  (knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1977).  “His only request was that he wanted to partner with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in operating the hospital.” Sir Run Run Shaw died January 2014, aged 106.

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