News Briefs for January 30, 2020
NewsNews reports from Oakwood University, Mile High Academy, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, Walla Walla University and Kettering Adventist HealthCare:
Oakwood University was recently invited by the United States (U.S.) Department of Treasury and Government Services Administration (GSA) to the official signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This landmark MOU agreement will increase the Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ (HBCUs) participation in federal contracting.
Previously, U.S. Government agencies contracted 0.13% to HBCUs of the $13.6 billion won by other universities across the United States. The goal of the new MOU is to develop a partnership to connect HBCUs to Federal contracting opportunities. Oakwood University is one of six HBCUs recognized for stellar leadership in the GSA and Department of the Treasury’s opening new frontiers for HBCUs.
Mile High Academy is the Adventist secondary school that serves the Denver, Colorado area. The Gazette reported that Mile High Academy Mya Penya, 17, was found dead in the back seat of a car, the apparent victim of Samuel Hoffman, 18. Authorities heard a gunshot when approaching the car and believe Hoffman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“We ask for your prayers for both the students and the staff at Mile High Academy,” the school said in a statement.
From Adventist HealthCare (by Thomas Grant). Looking at the buildings and bustle around Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center today, it’s hard to believe that the hospital’s Rockville, Maryland, campus was acres of farmland before the 1970s. As Shady Grove turned 40 in December, it celebrated its growth and expansion plans to serve more of its suburban Washington, D.C., community. The facility now has 443 beds. A tower with dedicated orthopedic, maternity and oncology units opened in 2008. The Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center, which consolidated services for cancer patients under one roof, opened in 2013. Shady Grove also operates one of only three freestanding emergency rooms in Maryland. The Germantown Emergency Center is located nine miles from the main hospital.
The Columbian reported on January 25 that Walla Walla University’s internal network and phone lines are back online but are not all functional after a cyberattack that took place over six weeks ago. ID card printing and aspects of the campus phone system still require work. The attack that came during review time for class finals in December was a ransomware incident in which attackers demanded money for access to systems to be restored. The school has not divulged any details to do with the ransom.
From Kettering Adventist HealthCare (by Maria Long)
Brenda Kuhn, RN, PhD, FACHE, CPHQ, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief clinical officer for Kettering Adventist HealthCare. She is responsible for working with physician and clinical leaders to align patient care across the network. Kuhn will continue to oversee the network’s quality initiatives. She most recently served as Kettering’s chief quality officer. Prior to that she was the network’s chief nursing officer.
Jennifer Shull, MHA, BSN, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief nursing officer. She is responsible for working with nurses and other medical professionals to create and implement patient care strategies. Shull came to Kettering Adventist HealthCare in 2017 as vice president of Patient Care and chief nursing officer at Fort Hamilton Hospital.
Paul Hoover, MBA, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Kettering Adventist HealthCare. As the network and its services continue to expand, Hoover is responsible for creating growth strategies to achieve the network’s mission, manage strategic partnerships, and build relationships to support patient care. Hoover most recently served as network vice president of strategic development.