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Welcoming Adventist Health Columbia Gorge

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On June 14, 2023, the team at Mid-Columbia Medical Center and leaders and staff from throughout Adventist Health gathered together in The Dalles, Oregon, to officially celebrate a new relationship that advances rural healthcare across the Columbia River Gorge region. As part of this celebration, it was revealed that the Mid-Columbia Medical Center will now be known as Adventist Health Columbia Gorge.

The agreement between our two organizations was finalized on June 1, 2023. We’re proud to welcome the medical center, which has a 122-year history serving the Dalles, to the Adventist Health family. Adventist Health Columbia Gorge has a team of 850-plus employees and nearly 100 providers who offer a range of award-winning primary and specialty care services to the Columbia Gorge region of Oregon.

Leaders and staff celebrate the latest addition to the Adventist Health system

“We are so glad to celebrate nearly four years of collaborative conversations that brought us to this historic moment. Adventist Health Columbia Gorge’s unwavering commitment to their communities will shape the future of healthcare, and we are pleased that the onboarding process with Human Resources is moving forward with clarity and speed,” shared Joyce Newmyer, Adventist Health’s Chief People Officer and Oregon State Network President.

“Today, we celebrate the beginning of a new chapter together — a chapter in which we will have the ability to grow, innovate and provide greater access to the high-quality care our patients and families deserve,” said Dennis Knox, President and CEO of Mid-Columbia Medical Center. “I look forward to working together with the leaders and team members across the Adventist Health family of organizations as we work to improve the health and well-being of every person who comes through our doors.”

“Adventist Health is redefining rural healthcare in a post-pandemic world. It gives me great joy to welcome Adventist Health Columbia Gorge to our healthcare system,” said Kerry L. Heinrich, President and CEO of Adventist Health.

“Our organizations have worked hard to make it to this day. This agreement is a massive step forward for MCMC, and I am thrilled about the many ways this relationship will make a difference for the patients and families we serve,” said Robb Van Cleave, chair of the Mid-Columbia Medical Center Board of Trustees.

To celebrate the agreement with Adventist Health and unveil the new Adventist Health Columbia Gorge brand, leaders began celebrating with employees at 12:01 a.m. on June 14 and held an event for all employees at Kelly Commons on the hospital campus. To learn more about the agreement, please visit Joining Adventist Health.