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Global Missions’ Footprint Grows to 15 with Mexico Partnership

Hospital del Sureste in Mexico

An official partnership between AdventHealth and Hospital del Sureste in Mexico launched in January 2024, establishing the 15th footprint location in AdventHealth’s growing Global Missions program.

Located in Villahermosa, the largest city in the state of Tabasco in Southeastern Mexico, Hospital del Sureste serves approximately 8,000 patients annually with a team of more than 200 employees. Established in 1975, the hospital offers high-quality, faith-based health care. Hospital del Sureste is also the only private teaching hospital in Villahermosa, which enables the facility to offer clinical training to health care students from several universities, including Montemorelos University, a Seventh-day Adventist institution.

"This partnership with AdventHealth is an answered prayer."

Villahermosa, which means “Beautiful Village” in Spanish, is rapidly expanding with nearly a million residents according to a 2024 report from the World Population Review. The city is home to a thriving academic community, including some of the most prominent universities in Tabasco. Hospital del Sureste is recognized as a leading medical institution in the region, with modern infrastructure and technology, and a track record of safety and efficiency.

AdventHealth partnership with Hospital del Sureste
The partnership will create several opportunities for AdventHealth and Hospital del Sureste.

While the partnership through AdventHealth’s Global Missions program only became official in 2024, AdventHealth’s long-standing relationship with the hospital began over 10 years ago in Orlando, Florida, during the first Global Conference for Nursing Excellence.

“Hospital del Sureste brought a large group of nurses to attend the conference and has participated in several other nursing conferences over the years,” said Monty Jacobs, director of Global Missions. AdventHealth has supported the hospital by donating ambulances, exam tables and other medical equipment, and engaged the leaders of the hospital through campus tours and leadership meetings.

The official partnership will be supported by two co-executive sponsors: Rob Roy, senior vice president and chief investment officer for AdventHealth, and Rob Deininger, CEO of AdventHealth Orlando.

“My career has taken me worldwide, and I’ve had an opportunity to witness the tremendous need that exists,” shared Roy. “My mother was from Mexico City, and sadly, she had passed away just a few days before I attended an AdventHealth leadership meeting. When the potential for this partnership was shared, I was inspired to help.”

Raised in a missionary family in Asia, Deininger witnessed firsthand the impact that partnerships like this one can have. “Mission is at the core of what we do,” said Deininger. “As long as I've been an executive with AdventHealth, I've looked for the right opportunity to get involved in extending our mission outside our walls.”

For Roy, this partnership means maintaining the service mindset he learned from his family. “Being able to represent the mission of AdventHealth on a global scale is so meaningful to me, especially to honor my late mother,” said Roy.

The partnership between AdventHealth and Hospital del Sureste will create opportunities for volunteer service through medical mission trips, sharing clinical best practices, engaging in leadership training and developing and strengthening health care access and infrastructure in the communities the hospital serves.

“This partnership with AdventHealth is an answered prayer,” said Alexis Pérez Zúñiga, CEO of Hospital del Sureste. “We don’t see AdventHealth as just a partner, but as part of our family.”

Official partnership between AdventHealth and Hospital del Sureste in Mexico
Back row (left to right): Monty Jacobs, Andrea Ward, Alberto Reyes, MD, medical director of Hospital del Sureste, and Amado de Dios, CFO of Hospital del Sureste. Front row (left to right): David Ottati, CEO of AdventHealth West Florida, Rob Deininger, CEO of AdventHealth Orlando, David Celis, board chair of Hospital del Sureste and president of Southeast Mexican Union Mission, and Alexis Perez, CEO of Hospital del Sureste.

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