Adventist Health Portland | Living Well | Fall 2023 3 The gift of making a difference Life is busy. It’s so easy just to go to work, then go back home, over and over. But all of us have the gift of making a difference somewhere. That’s what I love about working at Adventist Health Portland. We are a big team all working together to make a difference — not just at the hospital and clinics, but in our community. In the following pages, you’ll read about how our organization is living our mission, improving health care access in east Portland and supporting our community through outreach initiatives. You can explore how our teams are making a difference for patients and how patients are giving back. You’ll learn health tips for the holidays, as well as what a top cardiac surgeon values most about helping our patients. And while you read, ask yourself how you can be part of transforming the health of our community. You don’t have to work in health care. Explore volunteering — just like I did as a teen at this very hospital. Check on your neighbors. Offer to drive someone to their appointments. Imagine the transformation we can make if we all use our gifts to make a difference today. Dr. Terry Johnsson Mission integration executive Adventist Health Portland, an OHSU Health partner, includes a 302-bed medical center with an emergency room, dozens of medical and urgent care clinics, and home care and hospice services. Our many physicians and employees are dedicated to caring for you as a whole person — mind, body and spirit — not just as an injury or illness. We are also part of Adventist Health, a health care network of more than 20 hospitals and countless clinics and services spanning California, Oregon and Hawaii. Guest Editor Among many points of community service, Dr. Johnsson is one of Portland’s Royal Rosarians, who promote the best interests of the city and the Portland Rose Festival as ambassadors of goodwill. Mission integration executive Dr. Terry Johnsson shares the gift of culturally sensitive food with seniors in the community. Editor’s letter