This semi-rural hospital, popularly called ADRA Hospital, is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and sponsored Adventist Health International (AHI) and the Loma Linda University Global Health Institute. Waterloo Hospital is a general hospital with a capacity of 42 beds, with the vision to transform the physical, social, spiritual and mental well-being of the people of Sierra Leone through the Adventist Health System.
By DonaJayne Potts Loma Linda University School of Nursing (LLUSN) offers an off-campus master’s degree program in nursing education to prepare practicing nurses for leadership roles within the Seventh-day Adventist education and healthcare systems around the world.
By DonaJayne Potts Recent weeks have made it clear that COVID-19 not only seriously affects older adults, but young adults are experiencing severe complications, facing hospitalizations and even dying from the virus, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With the dramatic rise of reported cases among young adults across the United States, many are asking why this age group is becoming so vulnerable?
Scott Nelson, MD, medical director; Jeffrey Cho, MD, Deferred Mission Appointee (DMA) & Michelle Cho, BArch; Irma Henry, DPT, Global Service Awardee (GSA); Jonrey Avellano, BS, clinical lab specialist and Jorielyn Avellano, BSN.
Bing Frazier (left) with nurses from Blantyre Adventist Hospital in Malawi, Africa, and nursing staff from Loma Linda University Health. The program manager for International Professional Development at Loma Linda University Health’s Global Health Institute, Bing Frazier, received the “2020 Friend of Nursing Award,” recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).
By DonaJayne Potts Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended wearing face masks in public to slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to know how to properly wash, disinfect and handle reusable cloth masks.
Last month, Kenya's Kendu Adventist Hospital became the first Seventh-day Adventist laboratory in Africa to receive accreditation by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as a certified Medical Testing Laboratory. Established in 1925, Kendu Adventist Hospital (KAH) is a rural 170-bed hospital with specialty care in physical therapy, radiology and surgery and houses a comprehensive care center, dental clinic and medical school.
Taiwan Adventist Hospital hosted a COVID-19 virtual seminar for Adventist healthcare professionals in Taiwan and the United States. The May 6 seminar included the following topics: Taiwan's epidemic prevention policies Countermeasures implemented in response to COVID-19 The half-day seminar concluded with a question and answer session moderated by the hospital's vice president for Medical Affairs, ENT Department director and the director general of the Department of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
By Angelia Adventist Clinic Staff Here at Angelia Adventist Clinic in Kiev, Ukraine, we are continuing to provide services for our patients and helping the community by providing our neighbors with personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, gloves and antiseptics. In addition, we offer COVID-19 express testing for free, which takes approximately 30 minutes. We are delighted to see that tests are coming back negative — happiness happens!
A prayer for our healthcare providers around the globe fighting the pandemic:
By DonaJayne Potts Supermarkets across the United States are asking shoppers to leave their reusable grocery bags at the door amid the coronavirus outbreak. But does discontinuing the use of these bags actually reduce risk? Ryan Sinclair, PhD, MPH, associate professor at Loma Linda University School of Public Health says his research confirms that reusable grocery bags, when not properly disinfected, are carriers for both bacteria, including E. coli, and viruses — norovirus and coronavirus.
If you are worried about produce going to waste, there are ways to keep fruits and vegetables fresh for longer. Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions graduate, dietitian Wendy Castro-Harris, MS, RDN, recommends the following produce storage tips. Apples and Citrus Fruits
The Netteburgs, a missionary family serving in Chad, Africa, receive the 2020 Global Service Award.
Join Dr. Richard and Judy Hart at their home in beautiful Oak Glen on the second Saturday morning of each month, from October through May, for Oak Glen Fellowship. The next meeting will take place March 14 at 10:30 a.m., when Haiti Adventist Hospital orthopedic surgeon Scott Nelson, MD, along with Jere Chrispens, and Loma Linda University School of Medicine classes of 2010 and 2018 discuss "Students, Faculty and Faith Take on the Impossible."
By DonaJayne Potts - February 27, 2020 As Americans prepare for the wider spread of the newly named coronavirus disease, COVID-19, Loma Linda University Health, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California, hosted an event to examine the science behind COVID-19, its affect on local communities and what individuals can do to prepare for and prevent its spread.
Loma Linda University Health, along with Adventist Health International, held its first global leadership conference in India, primarily serving healthcare administrators in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Southern Asia and Southern Asia-Pacific divisions. Nearly 150 Seventh-day Adventist healthcare leaders from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Malaysia and the United States attended the four-day event in Pune in the western state of Maharashtra, January 22 to 25.
Join Loma Linda University Health as it presents “Dispelling Myths: What We Know About the Coronavirus” on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. in Centennial Complex’s Damazo Amphitheater. Experts from Loma Linda University Health and local county departments of public health will present. The panel of experts will discuss the science behind COVID-19 and provide an update on Loma Linda University Medical Center’s response to the evolving outbreak of this new coronavirus, which first appeared in late 2019 in China.
Oak Glen Fellowship: Confronting Poverty in San Bernardino Join Dr. Richard and Judy Hart at their home in beautiful Oak Glen on the second Saturday morning of each month, from October through May, for Oak Glen Fellowship.
By Janelle Ringer A new coronavirus discovered in China’s central city of Wuhan has caught the world’s attention and begun circulating through other countries.
Students interested in enrolling in one of Loma Linda University’s more than 100 health programs can attend a special open house designed to share program-specific information. The event takes place Sunday, January 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the Loma Linda University campus.
Read more about the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) program and "why missionary physicians of the 21st century will be Africans—and US missions agencies couldn’t be happier," in a news article published by Christianity Today.
Specifically designed for Seventh-day Adventist leaders and healthcare professionals, this year's regional healthcare conference "Adventist Healthcare: Leading with Purpose" will be held in Pune, India, January 22-25, 2020.
By Danae Netteburg, MD, Deferred Mission Appointee serving at Bere Adventist Hospital in Chad. For all of my life, there has been a logical next step. The next step from academy was college. College led to a year as a student missionary. Then college led to medical school. Medical school led to residency. Life was dictated by the logical next thing, all in its prescribed time.
Malamulo Adventist Hospital surprised nearly 30 pediatric patients and their parents with a Christmas meal and gift basket, thanks to a passionate donor. Gift baskets included maize flour — the country's main food staple, oil, salt, sugar, soap, toothbrushes and toys for the children.
Nearly 60 Christmas care packages began their journey this month from Loma Linda University Health to missionaries serving throughout the globe.
By DonaJayne Potts Loma Linda University Health has created a new health science institute to support the development of emerging healthcare professions in China. In an inauguration ceremony held last month, the International Institute for Health Science was established in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, in partnership with Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC) and clinical training site, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital.
Dr. Richard and Judy Hart invited Loma Linda University Health employees, students and friends to their home in Oak Glen on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m. for worship and potluck. Over 100 were in attendance of November's "Oak Glen Fellowship." Residents and attending physicians shared their experiences, reflected on exchanges and discussed the impact of serving in Africa at the Adventist Health International site and Loma Linda University Health Global Campus - Malawi. Attendees heard from the following presentors:
Loma Linda University Health is partnering with other Christian universities and hospitals in Africa and the United States to create a new program to support specialty training for physicians in family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics in Africa.
Dr. Richard and Judy Hart invite employees, students and friends to their home in Oak Glen this Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m. for “Oak Glen Fellowship.” Residents and attending physicians will share their experiences, reflect on the exchanges, and discuss the impact of serving in Africa at the Loma Linda University Health Global Campus - Malawi.
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Dr. Richard and Judy Hart invite Loma Linda University Health employees, students and friends to their home in Oak Glen this Saturday, Oct. 12, at 10:30 a.m. for “Oak Glen Fellowship.” Featuring Students for International Service (SIMS) Mexico mission trips with special guests from our international partner site in Mexico's state of Baja California. Get to know other employees and students outside of campus, and enjoy a vegetarian potluck; please bring salad, entree or dessert; drinks are provided.
By DonaJayne Potts September 18 marked the first day of school for six children of medical missionaries and local healthcare professionals serving at Malamulo Adventist Hospital, a Loma Linda University Health Global Campus in the Southeastern African nation of Malawi. The newly-constructed Malamulo Adventist International Mission School is a 1,774 square-foot, concrete-brick building housing grades kindergarten through six.
Experience Missions Boot Camp Firsthand Dr. Scott Nelson writes about the 2019 Mission Boot Camp on his blog haitibones. See photos, videos and stories from the June Boot Camp event held at AHI partner site Haiti Adventist Hospital.
Loma Linda University Health president and CEO Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, has been recognized as one of “105 Physician Leaders to Know in 2019” by Becker’s Hospital Review. This is Hart’s second appearance on this list, the first coming in 2016. Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading publication highlighting business, legal news and analysis for the hospital industry, recognized in its latest issue the top physician leaders of hospitals and health systems across the country.
Research suggests changes in healthcare systems, policies are needed to support nurses’ quit efforts By Janelle Ringer A study conducted by researchers in California and the Czech Republic has identified four key hospital workplace factors that influence the smoking behaviors of nurses in Central and Eastern Europe. Access to work breaks was identified as the most prominent of the four influencing factors impacting nurses’ experiences with quitting smoking and staying tobacco-free.
By Greg Shank, MD, surgeon, AHI/GHI volunteer In May, I was able to bring over a MinXray system with a Naomi digital plate in three pieces of luggage that each weighed 70 pounds. I got through customs with the help of Dr. Sarah Appel. The x-ray system traveled with me on the eight-hour bus ride down to Kilo and then a two-hour truck ride into Bere, Chad, Africa.
First Adventist medical schools in Asia and South America graduate inaugural class in partnership with Loma Linda University
Peruvian Union University School of Medicine and Adventist University of the Philippines College of Medicine held first commencement ceremonies in 2019 By DonaJayne Potts Loma Linda University celebrated the first commencement ceremonies of two Seventh-day Adventist medical schools they helped to establish in Peru and the Philippines over four years ago.
Global Health Institute announces new international volunteer opportunities for Loma Linda University Health staff
The Loma Linda University Health Global Health Institute has introduced new opportunities for Loma Linda University Health staff to serve in overseas mission hospitals through the International Service Program. The new volunteer program was created in response to an increase in Medical Center nursing staff inquiring about mission service abroad, following observational visits from various international nursing professionals to Loma Linda.
By DonaJayne Potts During a weekend student mission trip to paint an orphanage in Baja Mexico, Michael Moor could not have anticipated he would have the opportunity to dramatically change the life of one little girl.
By DonaJayne Potts A quarter-century has elapsed since the 1994 genocidal campaign in Rwanda that took an estimated 800,000 lives in fewer than 100 days. Loma Linda University Health, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California, hosted an event to examine lessons learned and why society can sometimes forget. The May 22 presentation and panel discussion featured first-person stories that shed light on the human condition and how individuals can be agents of change.
By Ansel Oliver To honor the life and legacy of Leonard L. Bailey a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 23, at 4pm at the Loma Linda University Church. Memorial gifts may be made to support the newly established Leonard L. Bailey Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery, which will further research and education.
A quarter-century has elapsed since the 1994 genocidal campaign in Rwanda that took an estimated 800,000 lives in fewer than 100 days. What is there to be learned, and how do we so quickly forget? You are invited to a special event on Wednesday, May 22, that will explore these questions. “Genocide in Rwanda: Lessons learned and forgotten after 25 years” will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Complex’s Damazo Amphitheater.
Loma Linda University Department of Surgery to host discussion “Global Surgery: The PAACS/LLU Partnership - A model for sustainable international graduate medical education” on May 26. The Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) is a strategic response to the need for surgeons in Africa. PAACS trains African physicians as surgeons to care for the poor and the sick. PAACS also disciples these surgeons to share the love of Christ with their patients to bring hope to those who are suffering.
Loma Linda University Health to host live web conference about Asthma care in the U.S. and Ghana on May 2
Loma Linda University Health International Asthma Consortium to host the May 2 live web conference "Global Insights into the Treatment and Barriers of Asthma Care in the United States and Ghana." Laren Tan, PhD, director, comprehensive program for obstructive airway diseases, will moderate a discussion about:
By CINDY DICKSON 2019 GRASP, GRASP-MC, GRASP-FMG, and GRASP-Intl RFAs released Letters of Intent: Due no later than Friday, May 31, 2019 Full applications accepted anytime up until: October 28, 2019
Print Flyer Loma Linda University Health is co-sponsoring the March 7 World Affairs Council Inland Southern California event “Human Migration: A Global Issue.” Human migration is happening all over the world — it has shaped communities, economies and cultures. What is rarely discussed are the different categories of migrants and the legal systems that protect both local communities and migrants themselves.
Fellowship with us Friday, April 4, 2019 at 6pm during the International Vespers & Agape Feast at the Councilors Student Pavilion. A light dinner will be served. Co-sponsored by Students for International Mission Service (SIMS), Loma Linda University Student Association (LLUSA) and Loma Linda University Spiritual Care.
Missions Boot Camp is a new program specifically designed for Deferred Mission Appointees (DMA) and Loma Linda University students interested in long term international service. It will prepare participants for leadership and medical ministry in Adventist mission hospitals.
By James Ponder “Mission Possible” is the theme of this year’s Homecoming celebration for all eight schools of Loma Linda University Health as well as Medical Center staff and students. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, through Monday, March 4, on the university campus.
Dr. Richard and Judy Hart invite employees, students and friends to their home in Oak Glen this Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m. for “Oak Glen Fellowship.” Special guests Drs. Jason and Belen Lohr, and their four children, will present “Tales of a Mission-Minded Family.”
By Larry Becker Students interested in enrolling in one of Loma Linda University’s more than 100 health programs can attend a special open house designed to share program-specific information. The event takes place Sunday, January 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the Loma Linda University campus.
By Mark A. Kellner Ellsworth Wareham, MD, known at the end of his life as much for his vegan-supported longevity as his distinguished surgical career that included the first open-heart surgeries in many countries, died Saturday, Dec. 15 at the age of 104.
By DonaJayne Potts From students to surgeons, Loma Linda University Health individuals, departments and groups came together to sponsor more than 50 Christmas care packages for our missionaries serving overseas.
By Briana Pastorino The documentary TV series Life on the Line featuring stories of hope and courage from the Inland Empire, begins airing its fourth season on PBS stations across the nation beginning December at 7:00 p.m. on Empire Network, KVCR, channel 24.
By Nancy Yuen C. Joan Coggin, MD, the Loma Linda University Health cardiologist who in the 1960s co-founded the Loma Linda University Overseas Heart Surgery Team, which went on to perform more open-heart surgeries than any similar organization, died Thursday, Nov. 29. She was 90. In 1963, Coggin’s influence extended across international borders when she and Ellsworth E. Wareham, MD, co-founded the overseas team, which was established at a time when few hospitals performed open-heart surgeries.
By DonaJayne Potts The head of ophthalmology at Loma Linda University Health assembled a team of cataract surgeons to perform corrective eye surgeries in Fiji, a country where vision care and glasses are limited and procedures to restore eyesight aren’t common.
Global Healthcare Conference shares leadership and governance education to international healthcare leaders
By Larry Becker More than 300 Seventh-day Adventist healthcare leaders from 44 countries attended the eighth Global Healthcare Conference, one of Loma Linda University Health’s ongoing international initiatives that support the development of the church’s healthcare institutions in developing countries around the world.
By Larry Becker A new School of Behavioral Health program offering pediatric nurses from the People’s Republic of China the opportunity to complete training as Child Life Specialists launched in Fall 2017. The new program is an outgrowth of a four-year series of education exchange visits the School of Behavioral Health faculty members and students have made to the Zhejiang University Children’s Hospital (ZUCH), introducing nurses there to the benefits and value of child life services.
World Affairs Council to host event to examine social media persuasion in the Middle East at Centennial Complex August 29
Loma Linda University Health is co-sponsoring the August 29 World Affairs Council Inland Southern California event “Fighting for Cyber Supremacy in an Age of Extremism.”
By DonaJayne Potts Two nurse leadership management residents saw firsthand how Loma Linda University Health has positively influenced the quality of patient care at partner site Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH) in Hangzhou, China. In January of 2018, Crystal Robinson, RN and Silvi Cuizon, RN, traveled to SRRSH to assist in lectures and patient safety evaluations. The trip fulfilled an elective international rotation requirement for the resident’s Nurse Leadership Residency program.
By DonaJayne Potts Two Loma Linda University dentists teamed up for the sixth year in a row to bring healthy smiles to the underserved children and families of Trona, California.
International visiting nurse professional, Ouyang “Apple” Xiaoping, RN, a medical oncology specialist, nurse educator and charge nurse from Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH) in Hangzhou, China was recently honored with the DAISY Award. The DAISY Award recognizes and celebrates nurses who provide extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care every day. These nurses are nominated by leaders, co-workers, patients and families.
Global Conversations on April 12 examines ‘Cultural Humility’ — how we engage patients and communities
The Loma Linda University Health Global Health Institute will host a Global Conversations lunch and learn seminar entitled “Cultural Humility: Implications on How We Engage Patients and Communities” on Thursday, Apr. 12, at 12-1p.m. at the Wong Kerlee International Conference Center – Jesse Room. The event will include a presentation from assistant vice president for community partnerships Juan Carlos Belliard, PhD, MPH.
Former Ambassador to Pakistan - and Southern California native - Cameron Munter visited Riverside last week for an event hosted by the World Affairs Council. KVCR's Benjamin Purper was there and has this report. By Benjamin Purper
Sabbath morning worship focuses on Loma Linda University’s legacy of mission By Ansel Oliver Saturday morning worship services at One Homecoming underscored the contributions of healthcare professionals that often go unnoticed. Randy Roberts, DMin, vice president for spiritual life and mission, who delivered the sermon during the church service at Drayson Center, likened the work of humble people as extras in a movie—not famous stars, but most of the movement on screen, even if less noticed.
When you travel on a regular basis, it’s not unusual for luggage to wear down. When a suitcase is no longer useful, that’s when you’ll probably start looking for new bag. But what should you do with the old one? Don’t throw it away… Your used and unwanted luggage is needed! The Global Health Institute’s Suitcase Express program sends much needed medical supplies and equipment to international mission hospitals and clinics via traveling LLUH employees, students and volunteers. The Need:
Loma Linda University students are invited to join Students for International Mission Service (SIMS) for an evening worship service, international food, fun and sharing. This year's International Mission Vespers will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 6-8pm at the Drayson Center - Hammock Hangout. Co-hosted by the Global Health Institute at Loma Linda University Health.
GHI to host seminar on global snakebite epidemic Film screening, panelists to address ignored health crisis; live snake exhibit
School of Allied Health Professions professor Ardis Wazdatskey, left, picks up a ‘Give to a Giver’ Christmas care package box to fill from Global Health Institute employee Angeli Yutuc, right, and student worker, Karen Hernandez, center. ‘Give to a Giver’ project brings holiday cheer to 55 missionary families serving overseas By DonaJayne Potts
By Ansel Oliver Loma Linda University was one of three universities that participated in a panel discussion last week about immigrant students who were once covered by the United States’ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
Thursday, November 16, 6-8pm at the Drayson Center Hammock Hangout. We will be announcing our upcoming 2017-2018 International Mission Service Trips.
Download International SOS Membership Overview for LLUH employees and students.
Loma Linda University Health released a qualitative study of health education experiences and self-management practices among patients with type 2 diabetes at Malamulo Adventist Hospital in Thyolo District, Malawi. Read Article Here
By DonaJayne Potts There are no cars, no roads, just the river that connects them Loma Linda University students connect while providing health education to Brazil’s remote villages along the Amazon River
In Haiti, Adventist hospital’s lab manager increases patient laboratory visits by 800% Philippines native working through Adventist Health International to improve lab quality By DonaJayne Potts
LLUH Nursing Staff Mentors one of Malawi’s First Intensive Care Unit Nurses African nurse takes part in the International Professional Program to improve patient care in Malawi By DonaJayne Potts
Global Conversations: International SOS Close to 60 Loma Linda University Health employees and students attended a Global Conversations seminar entitled “International SOS: Travel Safe — How to Mitigate Travel Risk for Health Care Professionals,” on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.