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Kettering Adventist HealthCare Cultivates Compassion at Annual Mission Conference

Story by Kettering Adventist HealthCare Staff

Kettering Adventist HealthCare employee Steve Schmidt, MD, highlights through song the mission work to the underserved around the world.

Leaders, physicians, board members and employees from Kettering Adventist HealthCare’s (KAHC) seven health institutions recently gathered for two days to focus on the importance of intentionally cultivating a culture of compassion. The gathering was for the network’s 2012 mission conference, an annual event where all network hires celebrate the privilege of sharing in the sacred work of healthcare.

“Our annual mission conference is a great opportunity for us to showcase our talent and celebrate how Christ’s healing ministry happens through our employees and physicians hands every day,” said Fred Manchur, KAHC chief executive officer.

Guest speaker Dick Duerksen, assistant to the president for Maranatha Volunteers International (Calif.), presented “Gloves on the Hands of God,” where he offered practical advice for tending to the spiritual needs of patients. Duerksen also offered the sermon for the Sabbath divine service, which he titled “Miraculous Healings in a Secular World.”

Best-selling author and speaker Marcus Engel was on hand to share his extraordinary story of overcoming adversity and how to have a better understanding of the healthcare experience from a patient’s perspective.

Karl Haffner, Kettering (Ohio) church senior pastor and host of the event, presented “Cultivating a Culture of Compassion.” He challenged attendees to live up to Christ’s ministry of compassionate care for the vulnerable.

“The conference is a personal highlight for me. We are delighted to have our leaders and employees experience and participate in our Sabbath morning worship service,” added Manchur. “The music, message and fellowship make for a wonderful celebration of the mission we share every day.”

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