Healing Heritage

An integration of faith & healing

Our commitment to quality healthcare stems from our heritage, which dates back to 1866 when the first Seventh-day Adventist healthcare facility opened in Battle Creek, Michigan. Dedicated pioneers promoted the "radical" concepts of proper nutrition, exercise and sanitation.

Early on, the facility was devoted to prevention as well as healing. They called it a sanitarium, a place where patients — and their families — could learn to be well.

More than a century later, the healthcare system sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church circles the globe with more than 160 hospitals and nearly 500 clinics, nursing homes and dispensaries worldwide. And the same vision to treat the whole person — mind, body and spirit — continues to provide the foundation for our progressive approach to healthcare.

Advancing our healthcare services

Originally, Adventist medical centers were governed by regional church leadership. But as healthcare grew more complex, it became apparent specialized expertise was needed. In 1972, the church authorized centralized control and operations of its healthcare institutions at the union (multistate) level.

A year later, regional divisions were formed based on the church's infrastructure. They were known in the North Pacific Union as Northwest Medical Foundation and in the Pacific Union as Adventist Health Services. In 1980, the two entities joined to form Adventist Health System/West, now known simply as Adventist Health.

Church affiliation

seventh-day adventist churchWe owe much of our heritage and organizational success to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which has long been a promoter of prevention and whole-person care. Inspired by our belief in the loving and healing power of Jesus Christ, we aim to bring physical, mental and spiritual health and healing to our neighbors of all faiths.

Every individual, regardless of personal beliefs, is welcome in our facilities. We are also eager to partner with members of other faiths to enhance the health of the communities we serve.

While Adventist Health's holdings are based solely on the West Coast and in Hawaii, Seventh-day Adventist healthcare spans the entire United States and dates back to 1866.

Interested in learning more about Seventh-day Adventism? View our brochure What Adventists Believe. To request a hard copy, please call our Mission Department at 916-781-4760.