Antique photo of nurses caring for patients.

1900 to 1950:
A Different Kind of Health Care

Our whole-person care philosophy is deeply rooted in the legacy of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. With the establishment of the first sanitarium in 1866, the dream to provide a different kind of health care became a reality. The healing therapies and philosophy for wholeness at the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan helped launch a health care movement throughout the world.

While the early part of the century saw a huge growth in whole-person care sanitariums, the 1930s and 40s saw slower growth. Early sanitariums struggled for survival throughout the Great Depression and World War II. At the same time, health care changed as medical advances improved the treatment of diseases and new hospital insurance plans did not cover sanitarium-style care.

Share Your Piece of Our Legacy

Do you have a special story about the AdventHealth legacy or a historical memorabilia item? Reach out to our Legacy Preservation Team at [email protected] and share your special piece of our living history.