Inspired by the healing ministry of Christ, medical pioneers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church established an innovative healthcare program in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1866. The new healthcare center not only treated disease, but also taught people how to prevent disease through good nutrition, exercise and sanitation. Each person was valued as a creation of God and the relationship of physical well-being with emotional and spiritual well-being was recognized.
Led by the famous physician and health educator Dr. John Kellogg (who invented corn flakes with his brother, Will), the institution gained international recognition within years. Clientele included the likes of J.C. Penney, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Amelia Earhart, William Jennings Bryan, Dale Carnegie, C.W. Post and John D. Rockefeller.
Adventist Health System was founded in 1973 to support and strengthen Seventh-day Adventist healthcare organizations in the Southern and Southwestern regions of the United States. It quickly became the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation.
Today, Adventist Health System organizations provide 46 hospitals totaling more than 8,300 licensed beds, care for nearly 4.7 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits, and employ almost 78,000 members of their communities in full and part-time positions.