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Adventist HealthCare CEO Chairs Health Care Advocacy Group

William G. Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare in Rockville, Md. was elected to the Maryland Hospital Association’s (MHA) executive committee and elected to chair its Community Hospitals Connection at the association’s recent annual membership meeting.

MHA is the advocate for Maryland hospitals, health systems, and their patients before legislative and regulatory bodies. Its membership is comprised of community and teaching hospitals, health systems, specialty hospitals, veteran’s hospitals, and long-term care facilities.

"I am grateful for this opportunity to work along side both members of MHA's Executive Committee and the Community Hospitals Connection in improving the quality of patient care and the health status of communities throughout Maryland. It is an honor to have been elected to serve in both positions," Robertson said.

Robertson has previously served in various roles on MHA’s executive committee and as vice-chairman of the Community Hospitals Connection. He also chairs the operating boards of Adventist HealthCare’s hospitals and the Maryland Governor’s Workforce Investment Board.

Robertson will chair the Community Hospitals Connection for a one-year term, after which he will be eligible for re-election to two additional terms in that position.

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Senior Vice President Earns Top Health Care Management Credential

James G. Lee, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Adventist HealthCare, recently earned the distinction of board certification in health care management as a fellow of the American College of HealthCare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. There are only 7,500 health care executives holding this distinction nationwide. To obtain fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and other criteria, earning continuing education credits, and demonstrating professional/community involvement.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to demonstrate my commitment to Adventist HealthCare and the community we serve by achieving this certification,” Lee said.

Lee has been with Adventist HealthCare for more than six years and has served as the organization’s chief financial officer for the past three years. He served previously as chief financial officer with Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md.

Lee holds a Master of Health Administration degree and a Master of Public Health degree, both from Loma Linda (Calif.) University. He is a member of the Washington-Spencerville Korean church.

Clinical Pastoral Education Earns Highest National Accreditation

Adventist HealthCare was recently granted independent program status for its Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. CPE is a national graduate-level program, recognized by the United States Department of Education, that professionally trains theological students and ministers of all faiths to provide ministry to persons in crisis.

The CPE program, which is currently offered at the Maryland-based Washington Adventist and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals, was established in 2005 as a provisionally approved satellite program with Sibley Memorial Hospital in nearby Washington, D.C. Adventist Healthcare’s program is now a 10-year accredited CPE center, the highest level awarded by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

“Adventist HealthCare’s accreditation as a CPE Center is a demonstrated commitment to uphold the highest standards in quality spiritual care,” said Ismael Gama, associate vice president of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care for Adventist HealthCare.

While there are more than 350 accredited sites in the United States, Adventist HealthCare is the only currently active CPE Center in Montgomery County to earn a 10-year center accreditation. There are three other CPE Centers in Maryland and six in the District of Columbia.