Adventist Health Care, founded in 1948 by Dr. Frank W. Heschel, is a network of hospitals, care facilities, and medical practitioners that promote community health and quality care. The mission of the Adventist Health Care Organization is to provide quality patient care, respect for human dignity, and cooperation between healthcare providers and their patients. Adventist hospitals are affiliated with religious and mission-based associations, and the doctors and staff practice Christian principles. There are four main hospitals in Adventist Health Care: Adventist Hospital, Adventist Community Hospital, Adventist Medical Hospital, and Adventist Nursing and Retirement Hospital. Adventist Health Care provides specialized treatment plans for all patients with special needs, including children, the elderly, the mentally ill, and HIV/AIDS sufferers.
At Adventist Medical Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, Adventist Health Care collaborates with physicians and nurses from the Medical Teams of the American Red Cross, Department of Veterans Affairs, Baptist Medical Association, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Retired Persons. In addition, the hospital collaborates with the Department of Defense and several other federal agencies. Adventist Nursing and Retirement Hospital provide nursing care under the authority of the General Services Administration. The hospital offers a full range of quality health care services including skilled nursing care, adult day care, hospitalization, hospice care, and inpatient rehabilitation programs. The hospital also participates in the Medicaid program and the Department of Medicare.
In recognition of the urgent need for quality medical care by persons of faith, Adventist Health Care has created the Adventist Health Bible. The Bible contains information on Adventist faith and life, biblical studies, and general biblical studies, and presents reliable, biblical information in an easy-to-read format. This book is widely used in schools, homes, and churches and is a valuable tool for teaching about the Christian faith. Several national and international organizations have also joined together to form the International Christian Network to promote Adventist health care, and provide Adventist health care providers to the community.