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News Headlines: Adventist Health System Florida Will Use Palm-scanning Technology for Patients (And More!)


Adventist Health System Florida Will Use Palm-scanning Technology for Patients. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, Florida Hospital DeLand, Shawnee Mission Health, and Chippewa Valley Hospital will be the first Adventist Health facilities to use a biometric identification, palm-scanning technology. The organization has begun the implementation of PatientSecure, a device that uses near-infrared light to scan the palm and then link the unique biometric trait to each patient's electronic health record.  "One of the first and most important steps in the care-delivery process is accurate patient identification. PatientSecure gives our facilities an advanced tool to digitally link each patient to their unique personal health record," said Brent Snyder, chief information officer for Adventist Health System. From Adventist Health System, “Adventist Health System Implements Biometric Identification System to Improve Security and Efficiency.”

Tanzanian Adventist Members Serve Community Through Blood Donations. Members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Siha, Tanzania, have donated 89 units of blood for the sick. Pastor William Sinyalo said followers of the church have joined President John Magufuli and Tanzanians in general to ensure that 100 units of blood are collected from every district. "This is one of the community services being undertaken by the Church," he said. "There have been many accidents in the recent past in which victims face a lot of challenges when it comes to blood donation.” From All Africa, “Tanzania: SDA Members Join Blood Donation Campaign in Moshi.”

Free Three-day Community Health Expo Held in Saipan Adventist Church. The Saipan Central Seventh-day Adventist Church in Garapan Central Park held a free, three-day community health expo titled "Amazing Health." Pastor Matt Mattzela said, “The heath expo is a very important event. People will learn how to adopt health principles for the body, mind and soul so they can have lives that will give them energy and joy rather than constantly experiencing health problems, complications, and even depression.” The health expo will offer free basic dental work, blood screening, health counseling, and cooking demonstrations. Mattzela said participants will learn how to maintain a healthy, balanced diet that tastes good, how to maintain an active lifestyle that’s practical and doable, how to choose foods and activities that will give them more energy. From Marianas Variety, “Amazing Health Expo to be held Aug. 19-21.”

Adventist Church in Jamaica Celebrates Day of Prayer for the Nation. Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, admonished congregants to examine themselves and "stop the finger-pointing" during the denomination's day of prayer for the nation. Celebrated on the first Sabbath in August each year, the service was held at the Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist Church under the theme "Transforming Lives Through the Power of Prayer." Jamaica is celebrating its 54th year as an independent nation. "Before God fulfills His promise to bless and rain down His blessings on us, we must seek him and expunge corruption, injustice, and inequity from every area of our national and private lives," Brown said. In attendance were Sally Porteous; mayor of Mandeville, Brenda Ramsay; Finance Minister Audley Shaw; and member of parliament for Central Manchester, Peter Bunting.  Many of Jamaica Constabulary Force members, including officers from the Mandeville Police Station, were also present. From Jamaica Gleaner, “Adventist leader admonishes Christians to stop finger-pointing.”

Four Adventist Organizations Sponsor Free Health Services in Napa. An all-volunteer clinic, a partnership between the Napa Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, Korean Adventist Church, Ole Health, and AMEN (Adventist Medical Evangelism Network) in Auburn, served more than 300 people who received free dental, medical, and eye care at a health fair at the Napa Christian Campus of Education. “When we read about Christ’s ministry here on earth, He was always helping the whole person,” said Pastor Marvin Wray. “This clinic provided us with the fantastic opportunity to live out ministry as Christ modeled for us.” AMEN provided equipment, supplies, many volunteers, and organizational structure for the dental/medical clinic. Church members provided additional volunteers to fulfill their desire to reach out to their neighborhood. From Napa Valley Register, “Napa Christian health fair draws about 300.”

Pam Dietrich taught English at Loma Linda Academy for 26 years and served there eight more years as the 7-12 librarian. She lives in Redlands, California.

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