Florida Hospital and Orlando Health will not be billing Pulse Night Club shooting victims. On June 12, 2016, more than 50 people were injured and 49 were killed in a terrorist attack/hate crime at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Since then, Orlando Regional Medical Center, less than a mile from the nightclub, has treated 44 of the victims. Florida Hospital, one of 46 Adventist Health System campuses, has treated 12.
Wildfires have again forced many residents to evacuate their homes in Northern California as the Clayton fire continues to blaze. The fire started on August 13 off highway 29 by Clayton Creek. Cal Fire reports that almost 4,000 acres have burned since, and the fire is 65% contained. Nearly 2,000 fire fighters have worked to put out the blaze.
In a video message, Lake Union Conference President Don Livesay has invited members of the conference to join him for “A Journey to Healing and Understanding.” The event, slated for October 1 at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan, is an opportunity for union members to share personal experiences with racial tension in the church and a chance for attendees to listen closely.
California State Senator Ricardo Lara from Los Angeles has yet again amended his bill SB 1146, a piece of legislation that had religious liberty activists up in arms. The revisions come after the senator received strong opposition from a few religious colleges and universities in the state of California.
Andrews University Alumnus, Ray McAllister, Wins “Nobel Prize for Blindness." Ray McAllister, Andrews University alumnus, won the Jacob Bolotin Award at the ninth annual Awards event during the 2016 convention. The award is given by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and includes a record-high cash prize given by the federation of $20,000. McAllister created coding for Hebrew symbols that have not yet been established in Braille. These Hebrew symbols are the reader’s cue to pause, chant or sing a text.