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  • November 16, 2017 2:56 PM | Deleted user


    PORTLAND, Oregon Adventist Health Portland and OHSU today announced a final agreement to integrate their clinical activities and services in the Portland metropolitan area through an affiliation that becomes effective Jan. 1, 2018.  

    This agreement makes OHSU and Adventist Health Portland part of the same Portland metropolitan Health System, bringing Adventist’s health care enterprise that includes a 302-bed medical center, 34 medical clinics and home care and hospice services in the Portland-Vancouver metro area.

    “Our affiliation brings together the strength of a respected community hospital system in the metro Portland area with that of the only academic health center in Oregon,” said OHSU President Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A.  “The focus Adventist Health Portland has put on quality care and preventive medicine in its community is especially well-regarded and complementary to OHSU’s mission.”  

    Under this affiliation, OHSU and Adventist Health Portland will share a bottom line and operate as a unified system. The affiliation applies to OHSU’s Portland-area clinical services and activities, and Adventist Health Portland, which includes Adventist Health Portland Medical Center and its affiliated clinics, centers and services. The agreement does not include OHSU’s research and education missions, nonmetro clinical activities and services, and the other 19 Adventist Health hospitals in the western United States. Each organization will retain its existing hospital licenses, capital assets and employees.

    “We look forward to joining the OHSU family and expanding our focus on impacting lives with high-value, quality whole-person care,” said Joyce Newmyer, president of Adventist Health Pacific Northwest Region. “We are confident this affiliation will have a positive impact on patients throughout the state.”

    A board of managers comprising representatives from each organization will be created to oversee the system. David Russell, president of Adventist Health Portland, will report to Mitch Wasden, Ed.D., executive vice president and chief executive officer of OHSU Healthcare as well as to Newmyer. Adventist Health Portland chief medical officers will report to Russell and John Hunter, M.D.,F.A.C.S., Chief Clinical Officer, OHSU.

    Each entity will continue to maintain their individual mission and culture but will together transform access and the delivery of health to Oregonians through a unified clinical enterprise and shared brand experience.

    “We are excited to provide an integrated delivery system that will improve access, create better outcomes and control costs by coordinating care for patients across a spectrum of their health needs,” said Wasden.

    About OHSU:

    OHSU is the only academic health center in Oregon and is nationally distinguished as a research university dedicated solely to advancing health sciences. This singular purpose allows us to focus on discoveries that prevent and cure disease, on education that prepares physicians, dentists, nurses and other health professionals for the evolving health care environment, and on patient care that incorporates the latest advances. Based in Portland, we are one of Oregon’s largest employers, operate the top-ranked adult and children’s hospitals in the state, and secure competitive research funding of more than $400 million. As a public organization, we also provide services for the most vulnerable Oregonians and outreach to improve health in communities across the state.

    About Adventist Health:

    Adventist Health—Portland is a faith-based, not-for-profit health care network consisting of a 302-bed medical center, 34 medical clinics and home care and hospice services in the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Adventist Medical Center Portland is ranked in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient safety.

    We are part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Our compassionate and talented team of 33,300 includes more than 24,600 employees; 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 3,700 volunteers working together in pursuit of one mission: living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in 19 hospitals, more than 280 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 13 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Together, its team is inspired to transform the health experience of our communities, with its unique focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing. For more information, visit

    Media Contacts

    OHSU: Tamara Hargens-Bradley
    503 494-8231

    Adventist: Judy Leach

  • June 07, 2017 4:14 PM | Deleted user

    June 18th from 10 to 2 is the first ever Gresham Sunday Parkway, sponsored by the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce. Celebrate Father’s Day at this free regional event.

    If you are a cyclist, Parkways need no explanation. If you are a dad, Father’s Day need not be explained. If you like to be outdoors, enjoy food, musical performances, games, giveaways, then the Gresham Sunday Parkway is a perfect fit.

    Walk, bike, jog, skateboard, stroll with the baby, roller skate. You choose. We will provide a safe trail experience, food choices, perhaps a backyard garage sale or two, maybe even lawn mower races. Four hours of fun for the entire family.

    Do all or part of the six miles of almost entirely traffic free, paved trails connecting 3 pit stops full of everything from bike rodeo, musical performances, and bike helmet fittings to food, mascots and more. Walk, run, bike the entire 6 miles or 6 blocks. Three pit stops. Three different experiences at each. Safe outdoor trails and family friendly routes connecting each.

    Event is free. Travel through bike friendly Historic Downtown Gresham, pit stops at City Hall, Gresham Main City Park and Gresham Grocery Outlet, stop, shop, ride, talk. Spend time outdoors rain or shine.

    The Sunday Parkway is not a carnival, but it will have food. It’s not a fair but rides are a feature. It’s not a circus (no elephants) but there will be mascots.

    For more information go to: or on our FaceBook page: Or call Shelley at the Chamber office at 503-665-1131.

  • August 05, 2016 10:35 AM | Deleted user

    Media Contact:
    Adam Lee
    Phone: (503) 251-6162
    After Hours: (503) 261-4498

    July 27, 2016

    Adventist Health Names New Portland President and CEO

    PORTLAND, Ore.—Adventist Health announced today that David Russell will become the new president and CEO of Adventist Medical Center and Adventist Health Medical Group in Portland, effective Aug. 15, 2016.

    Russell currently serves as senior vice president and chief operating officer under CEO Joyce Newmyer, who will retain her position as president of the Pacific Northwest Region. She has been filling both roles concurrently, dividing her time between the hospital and her duties as the regional president. This leadership change will allow both Newmyer and Russell to focus on their respective roles. Adventist Health’s Pacific Northwest Region includes four hospitals in Oregon, Washington and Hawaii, and a network of nearly 50 medical clinics.  

    “David and I have worked closely on the strategic vision and operational direction of Adventist Health in Portland while leading our team to some of the highest levels of clinical quality in the state,” says Newmyer. “He is an experienced administrator and I am confident that under his leadership, our patients, medical care providers and team members will reach new levels of clinical excellence and quality of care.”

    Russell has worked at Adventist Health in Portland for 13 years. Prior to being senior vice president and chief operating officer, he was vice president for marketing and business development. He has also served as the director of contracting and network development for Adventist Health’s Healthcare Resources Northwest. His extensive experience is centered on high-quality, whole-person care with an emphasis on improving the health of surrounding communities.

    “It’s a tremendous honor to carry on the Adventist Health mission of healing ministry  and I look forward to our continued leadership in transforming health in the state of Oregon,” says Russell.

    Russell received his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Loma Linda University School of Public Health and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Walla Walla University. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has served as board chair for the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce, and currently represents Adventist Health as an active member of the Portland Business Alliance. He is also highly involved in his church community.  

    Russell and his wife, Debbie, live in Gresham and have two adult children and three grandchildren.  


    About Adventist Medical Center

    Adventist Medical Center, located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. It is ranked in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for patient safety. Adventist Health Medical Group represents more than 100 primary care and specialty physicians who treat and admit their patients to Adventist Medical Center.

    About Adventist Health

    Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees, 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.

  • August 05, 2016 10:21 AM | Deleted user

    For Immediate Release: August 5, 2016
    Michelle McGrath
    Montavilla Farmers Market

    Empty Bowls Anti-Hunger Fundraiser 

    Montavilla Farmers Market hosts local foodie event to raise funds for free produce program benefiting low-income Multnomah County residents.\

    Portland, OR The Montavilla Farmers Market is raising funds to support their Double Up Food Bucks program, also known as Everybody Eats. The event will include locally-crafted beer, cider, and food; a silent auction with culinary prizes from local businesses; and a hand-crafted bowl to take home with each ticket purchased. All proceeds go to the Double Up Food Bucks program.

    The goal is to raise $5,000 which allows Multnomah County Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to double their produce budget by matching SNAP benefits dollar for dollar, up to ten dollars. The Montavilla Farmers Market has been providing access to local food for low-income residents through the Double Up Food Bucks program since 2009.

    Montavilla Brew Works will host the Empty Bowls Fundraiser located across from the market in Southeast Portland at Stark and SE 79th. The event will offer guests an opportunity to taste three artisan soups paired with three locally-crafted seasonal beer and cider options. Each attendee will receive a hand-crafted bowl to remind them of their contribution to the Everybody Eats Double Up Food Bucks program. Vegan, gluten-free, and omnivore options available. The evening will also include a silent auction with a bevy of prizes from local business.

    Tickets available at, or through Eventbrite.
    Empty Bowls Anti-Hunger Fundraiser
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 5:30-8:30 PM
    Montavilla Brew Works, 7805 SE Stark St., Portland OR 97215

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