Adventist Health System (AHS)

(Adventist Health Care Association). The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s health-care work in the United States, including 60 acute-care hospitals, plus nursing homes, retirement centers, home health agencies, medical offices, walk-in clinics, and many other related activities and diversified businesses. The first SDA health-care facility opened in 1866 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Founders of the young Seventh-day Adventist denomination saw the need for a health-care work that emphasized physical, mental, and spiritual wholeness. The center stressed prevention as well as scientific treatment of disease. By the turn of the century, additional SDA health-care facilities were established across the United States and abroad, creating a need for trained medical workers. To meet this need, the ch...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.