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Common Questions

 F.A.Q. To follow are some of the questions we encounter most often (scroll down for a complete list). If you don't find the answer you need, feel free to contact us.

How is Adventist Health associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church?

Do you have to be a Seventh-day Adventist to receive care?

What do Adventists believe?

Do you serve meat in your hospitals?

How can I find a Seventh-day Adventist hospital in another state?

What is Adventist Health System and how is it related?

Is Loma Linda University Medical Center a member of Adventist Health?

Is Adventist Health interested in expanding its service area?

What does it mean to be not-for-profit?

How is the health system associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church?
We owe much of our heritage to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which began a successful health care ministry in 1866 when it opened its first sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan. Like our church forefathers, we promote wellness and treatment of the whole person—mind, body and spirit. However, we are separately owned and operated.

Do you have to be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to receive care?
Absolutely not. While our health care system is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, we care equally for all of our patients regardless of their personal faiths or beliefs.

What do Adventists believe?
Mission and Spiritual Care has a brochure that briefly explains the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. If you would like a copy, please call 916-781-4760 or download the PDF What do Adventists believe? .

Do you serve meat in your hospitals?
While the Seventh-day Adventist Church does promote a vegetarian diet as part of a healthy lifestyle, most of our hospitals do serve meat to patients. It is not our intent to impose our dietary habits on those we care for. Instead, we do everything we can to create a comfortable, healing environment for those we serve.

How can I find a Seventh-day Adventist hospital in another state?
There are over 75 Adventist hospitals in the United States. Visit SDA Healthcare for a complete list.

What is Adventist Health System and how is it related?
Adventist Health System, headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida, is a sister health care organization serving the central and southern states along with Colorado. While we share a common heritage and affiliation with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, we are separately owned and operated.

Is Loma Linda University Medical Center a member of Adventist Health?
No. While we do participate in several joint ventures with LLUMC, it is a freestanding institution solely owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Is Adventist Health interested in expanding its service area?
We would consider a new relationship with a facility that shares our mission and is located in the western United States. If a hospital wishes to join our health system, our senior vice president responsible for Acquisitions will be happy to discuss various acquisition/management scenarios. For more information, call 916-781-4762.

What does it mean to be not-for-profit?
As a not-for-profit organization, all of our net revenue is channeled back into our hospitals and health system. Unlike for-profit health care corporations, this money does not become dividend checks to investors. Instead, it funds capital improvements, enhanced patient care, new hospital programs and community outreach.

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