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Headlines: You Can Buy the Adventist Media Center for $14.3M


From this week’s breaking Adventist news stories around the Web:

Adventist Media Center for Sale. The former Adventist Media Center, a 120,000-square-foot studio and production facility in Semi Valley, CA, is for sale. The asking price of $14.3 million for the property  includes two floors of offices, two studio production sound stages, editing suites, warehouse space, and several satellites.  According to the firm marketing it, the space  is unique and bargain-priced for the Los Angeles area. From Thousand Oaks Acorn, “Adventist Media Center hits market for $14.3M.”

LLU Physician Brings Salvation to Kenya, Literally. Karen Hansberger, a physician with La Sierra University’s student health services and a Loma Linda obstetrician/gynecologist, traveled to Kenya to help save the lives of Kenyan women. She brought three Bakri uterine balloons, absorbent silicone catheter devices which put pressure against bleeding vessels during life-threatening post-partum hemorrhaging. It is a common cause of death among women in developing countries.  Hansberger and over twenty other medical professionals and non-medical people traveled to Kenya with international development organization, A Better World Canada. The team spent three weeks providing medical training, medications, and services to rural Kenyan health clinics and hospitals. From The Press-Enterprise, “Doctor takes medical devices to Kenyan women.”

Adventist Health Settles in False Claims Act Lawsuit. For the second time in a year and a half, Adventist Health has agreed to pay the federal government over litigation brought under the federal False Claims Act. While admitting no wrongdoing, Adventist Health has agreed to pay $2.25 million to settle false-claims allegations related to Medicare charges at St. Helena Hospital. The U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco, which announced the settlement, said the hospital was billing Medicare for unnecessary angioplasty procedures. The previous settlement in May 2013 involved inflated fees at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. From Lodi News, “Adventist Health pays $2.25 million to settle Medicare charges lawsuit.”

Michigan’s First Male Doula is Blind Adventist Teacher. Ray McAllister, a blind teacher at Andrews University’s school of distance learning and a certified massage therapist, has become a “doula,” a person who supports women and their partners before, during, and after childbirth. “Typically, during a birth he massages the legs, arms and back to relieve symptoms such as edema in the legs, low back pain and gestational carpal tunnel syndrome. He also helps women with foot pain by using reflexology techniques.”  McAllister is the first male doula in Michigan. From The Herald Palladium, “Berrien Springs man makes strides into traditional female role as a doula.”


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