Adventist Health System

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Adventist Health System
Industry Healthcare
Founded 1973
Headquarters Winter Park, Florida, United States
Area served Southern United States
Midwestern United States
Key people Donald L. Jernigan, President/CEO
Revenue $5.496 billion USD (2008)[1]
Net income $233 million USD (2008)[1]
Total assets $9.35 billion USD (2008)[1]
Total equity $4.38 billion USD (2008)[1]
Owner(s) Seventh-day Adventist Church
Employees 55,000

The Adventist Health System is a non-profit health care organization which operates facilities within the Southern and Midwestern regions of the United States. It is run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

As of 2009, the system supports 43 hospitals, and claims to be "the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation."[2]


Inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, and at the behest of Ellen G. White, the Seventh-day Adventist Church first established the innovative Western Health Reform Institute in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1866, to care for the sick as well as to disseminate health instruction.[3] Over the years, other Adventist sanitariums were established around the country. These sanitariums evolved into hospitals, forming the backbone of the Adventists' medical network.

In 1972, the church decided to centralize the management of its healthcare institutions on a regional basis and, in so doing, formed the Adventist Health System to support and strengthen Seventh-day Adventist healthcare organizations in the Southern and Southwestern regions of the United States.[3]

Ten years later, the regional operations formed a national organization, Adventist Health System/U.S., which management called the largest not-for-profit, multi-institutional healthcare system in the United States.[3]

Adventist Health System organizations currently operate 43 hospitals and 16 nursing homes with more than 7,000 licensed beds, care for roughly 4 million patients annually in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits, and employ 55,000 people.[4]

Structure and affiliation[edit]

Every Adventist Health System entity operates independently in hiring employees and delivering care and services. The System's corporate office reinforces these efforts by sharing management and clinical knowledge, providing access to managed care plans, and offering other resources and services.[4]

Established in 1908, Adventist Health System's flagship institution, Florida Hospital, is one of the largest healthcare providers in America and a recognized leader in cardiac care, providing more than 1,800 beds on seven campuses. Florida Hospital has been recognized as one of the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d "2009 report". Adventist Health System. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ About Us – Adventist Health System. Accessed 2009-08-26
  3. ^ a b c "Adventist Health". Company Histories, Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  4. ^ a b "About AHS". Adventist Health System (2010). Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  5. ^ "Florida Hospital System". Florida Hospital Press Room & Medical News (Florida Hospital, 1999-2005). Archived from the original on 2007-04-28. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 

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