Loma Linda University Medical Auxiliary Video: Serving in Malawi

Loma Linda University Medical Auxiliary presents  Dr. Ryan Hayton and Sharlene Hayton tell about their experience serving as missionaries at the Malamulo Adventist Hospital in Malawi for 9 years and how the Loma Linda University Medical Auxiliary was able to donate to projects such as building a school, housing for residents, and the current project, a mobile cervical cancer program. Danika Thomas takes us on a tour of the MAIS school.

Merry Christmas from GHI and our International Partners

As 2020 draws to a close, we reflect on the blessings of the year. Although travel paused, it seems like we have never felt closer to our international partners as we worked together by Zoom and virtual meetings. Thank you for the work that you have endeavored to do to improve health around the world.   Warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and we look forward to connecting in the New Year. - The Global Health Institute team Season's Greetings from our Partner Sites Bongo Adventist Hospital in Angola, Africa:

First virtual Global Healthcare Conference supports growth, education of Seventh-day Adventist healthcare and educational leaders world wide

For the first time, Loma Linda University Health held its annual Global Healthcare Conference in a virtual format to continue its ongoing international initiative to support the development of the church’s healthcare and educational institutions around the world. Nearly 1200 Seventh-day Adventist healthcare and church leaders from 81 countries registered for the 10th Global Healthcare Conference held online, November 2 to 5.

$100,000 gift to help medical and dental students fulfill global mission work

By Hillary Angel Family members of the late Marvin Peters, PhD, a former professor and research scientist at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, presented a $100,000 check in his memory to Loma Linda University. Loma Linda University Health President, Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, accepted the check, and funds will support the Deferred Mission Appointment (DMA) program.

7 Months in Malawi

Dr. Ron Cheney, a general surgeon in practice in Iowa, recently changed his employment to allow him the ability to spend more time with Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) programs each year. In 2020, he spent seven months in Malawi and shares his story in an article originally published in the PAACS Bulletin Newsletter. An excerpt from the PAACS Bulletin Newsletter:

Sierra Leone: Waterloo Hospital Profile & Video

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.

Why COVID-19 is surging among young adults

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?

6 missionaries return to Haiti Adventist Hospital to serve

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.

Global Health Institute program manager awarded for dedication to international Nursing

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).

Part of wearing a mask is washing a mask: Here’s the best way

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.

Kenya's Kendu Adventist Hospital is first SDA laboratory in Africa to be ISO certified

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 hosts COVID-19 response virtual seminar

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.

Adventist Clinic in Kiev, Ukraine to host mental health seminar via Zoom in response to COVID-19

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!

Coronavirus and reusable grocery bags: use them or pitch them?

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. 

Oak Glen Fellowship, March 14: Rebuilding Haiti - 10 years after the earthquake

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."

Dispelling myths: what we know about COVID-19

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.

Strengthening Adventist healthcare leadership in Southern Asia

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. 

Dispelling Myths: What We Know About the Coronavirus, Feb. 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.

Here’s what we know about Coronavirus

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.

Future LLU Student Open House, Sunday, Jan. 26

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.

The New Face of Medical Missions

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.

Box Babies: God’s Calling to Stay

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.

Young Malamulo patients and their parents get a Christmas surprise

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.

Loma Linda University Health establishes new health science institute in China

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.

Photo Album from Oak Glen Fellowship: Global Campus Malawi — Sabbath, Nov. 9

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:

Planning session continues to establish residency programs in Africa

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.  

Oak Glen Fellowship: Global Campus Malawi — Sabbath, Nov. 9

  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.

Oak Glen Fellowship, Sat. Oct. 12 featuring SIMS mission trips to Mexico

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.

Loma Linda University Health Global Campus – Malawi, Africa, opens new grade school

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.

2019 Missions Boot Camp in Haiti

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.

National hospital industry publication honors President Hart

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.

New study links workplace factors with nurses’ smoking behaviors

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.

Bere Adventist Hospital in Chad receives X-ray system

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. 

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.

From paint to prosthetics

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.

Loma Linda, World Affairs Council recognize 25th anniversary of Rwandan genocide

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.

Iconic ‘Baby Fae’ surgeon Bailey dies at age 76

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.

Genocide in Rwanda: Lessons learned and forgotten after 25 years, May 22 Event

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.

Department of Surgery to discuss Global Surgery and the PAACS/ LLU partnership on May 26

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.

World Affairs Council to host March 7 presentation on human migration

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.

International Vespers & Agape Feast on April 4

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.

2019 Missions Bootcamp for DMAs and LLU students in Haiti: June 9-23

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.

Mission Possible: LLU Homecoming set for Feb. 28 – March 4

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.

Prospective students invited to attend campus open house

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.

Season four of ‘Life on the Line’ premieres Dec. 19

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.    

In Memoriam: Coggin, 90, helped take open-heart surgery team overseas

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.  

School of Behavioral Health helping to expand Child Life service in China

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.

Nurse leadership management residents assist hospital in China with healthcare accreditation

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.

School of Dentistry faculty members on a mission

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.​

LLUH international visiting nursing professional receives Daisy Award in China

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 Returns To IE To Talk Diplomacy

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

Homecoming church service highlights work of those often unrecognized

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. 

Donate your used suitcases for LLUH overseas mission work

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: 

International Mission Vespers - Friday, April 20

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.

‘Give to a Giver’ project brings holiday cheer to 55 missionary families serving overseas

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

Loma Linda hosts DACA forum for three area universities

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.

Malawi Medical Journal

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

Global Conversations August 1, 2017

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.