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Adventist Health System, one of the nations largest faith-based health care systems, with more than 80,000 employees and nearly 50 hospital campuses including Shawnee Mission Health, today announced that it will soon become AdventHealth. With the name change, the health system will move to being one consumer-centric, connected and identifiable national system of care for every stage of life and health.
Effective Jan. 2, 2019, Shawnee Mission Medical Center will become AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, and the current Prairie Star and Overland Park campuses will become AdventHealth Lenexa and AdventHealth South Overland Park. The new naming structure will allow consumers to more easily distinguish AdventHealth's care locations and services throughout the United States. While its name is changing, the organization is not changing in ownership or business structure.
"We are transforming to be a more consumer-focused health care system to better meet the needs of those we care for and the communities we serve," said Terry Shaw, president/CEO for Adventist Health System. "Becoming AdventHealth allows us to be a fully integrated and distinguishable health system across all aspects of the care continuum, while also speaking to our Christian healing ministry, message of wholeness and our rich Seventh-day Adventist roots."
The name AdventHealth signals the arrival or beginning of health and expresses a strong and clear connection to the healing and salvation that God has promised. Adventist Health System's promise of wholeness is an expression of the belief that caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every person is the key to good health.
"Shawnee Mission Health's focus on caring for the whole person body, mind and spirit is what were known for in Kansas City," said Sam Huenergardt, CEO of Shawnee Mission Health. "This name change is a testament to our continued growth and commitment to provide whole-person health care across our entire system, and we're excited to see how this transformation allows us to improve the health of the Kansas City community."
Shawnee Mission Health has been part of Adventist Health System for nearly 16 years.