News reports from the NBA Playoffs, Signs of the Times, a unique Ukraine-based bus service, Waldfriede Hospital in Berlin and Loma Linda University Health:

The NBA Playoffs for the 2019-20 season are underway. All games are being held at the AdventHealth Arena or The Field House at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The AdventHealth Arena is sponsored by the AdventHealth network of hospitals headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. The arena seats 8,000.

Signs of the Times, the denomination’s outreach magazine in North America, has created a special COVID-19 edition and is offering copies at special bulk pricing for distributing to your local community. You can pay to have them mailed to everyone in your zip code, or you can order a bundle to give away at your local church or community center or school. This special issue provides knowledge on how adequate rest, water, fresh air, and nutritious food choices contribute to our body’s defenses. It touches on signs of Christ’s return and whether COVID-19 is the end of the world. The last article addresses facing the future with hope rather than fear. Available at:

From APD – Now that the spread of the coronavirus has slowed in the region, the Ukraine branch of the Adventist Disaster and Relief Agency (ADRA) has resumed a free bus transport of people to and from remote villages in the Ukrainian heartland, as well as to the occupied territories in eastern Ukraine. This bus service is often the only way for poor people to get to a pharmacy or to buy everyday necessities at affordable prices, said Olga Sidorova, who is responsible for communications at ADRA Ukraine. In the Luhansk region, in the eastern part of the Ukrainian heartland, there are seven routes, and in the Donetsk region there are 17. The free passenger transport is operated by ADRA Ukraine and co-funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.

From APD – In a study on “Germany’s best hospitals,” on behalf of the FAZ Institute, the Adventist-sponsored Waldfriede Hospital in Berlin Steglitz-Zehlendorf was counted among the best. The results of a study were published recently in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), in which data from over 2,200 hospitals in Germany were used. In the “Hospitals with 150 to fewer than 300 beds” category, the Waldfriede Hospital was ranked among the best with 78.9 out of 100 points. The study was carried out on behalf of the FAZ Institute by the IMWF Institute for Management and Economic Research, with scientific support from the International School of Management (ISM).

From Loma Linda University Health: A system of pneumatic tubes will facilitate the movement of medications, test samples and various supplies throughout Loma Linda University Health’s soon-to-open adult hospital and Children’s Hospital tower. This new tube system allows for secure transmission of materials between two locations, an enhancement over a similar system that served the historic cloverleaf facility.

Fifty pneumatic tube stations will be located across the future hospitals. Canisters capable of carrying up to a 1000 ml IV bag will move through the system at 18 feet per second.

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