News reports from Adventist University of the Philippines; Arlington Heights, Illinois; Oakwood University, the Sacramento Kings and the North American Division.

A report from Leslie Mae Mabunga, our Adventist Today Campus Representative at Adventist University of the Philippines in the Philippine province of Cavite:

Students at Adventist University of the Philippines gathered for an October 8-13 Week of Prayer titled “IDENTITY – The Best Version of You.” The week was organized by the university’s Student Association and was aimed at helping students develop a healthy identity. The speakers during the week were fourth year students. Each speaker emphasized that self-image is found in an understanding of God’s goodness. A Communion service was held on Sabbath, October 13 and 10 students were baptized.

Amita Health, the joint operating company that merged St. Louis-based Ascension and Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System subsidiaries, has announced a plan to cut its outpatient care sites in half from 250 outpatient facilities and medical offices to 125 ambulatory care locations. The process for the Arlington Heights, Ill.-based Amita Health is set to take two years according to Becker’s Hospital CFO Report. The consolidation forms part of the ambulatory care expansion plan for the system which is projected to cost $150 million.

According to a Facebook post by the Huntsville, Alabama Police Department, HPD Investigator Jay Johnson was recognized last week by Oakwood University President Dr. Leslie Pollard and Campus Police Chief Melvin Harris. The investigator received a Meritorious Appreciation Award for his outstanding investigative work which resulted in the arrest of Jaylun White who is suspected of killing Oakwood student Carvell Goodlow.

Loma Linda University Health profiled an alumnus of the university who currently serves as a physician for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Jason Brayley, MD, a Kaiser physician, regularly attends home games, and provides medical care for the Kings and visiting team as well as referees and other staff. He also serves as the primary care doctor for the Kings and their families. “It’s a 24/7 job,” Brayley said. “NBA athletes are human beings just like us with families and life stresses. Part of my job has been to establish relationships that help provide care in any way that the athlete or family may need.”

The North American Division Stewardship Department and the One Mustard Seed ministry have produced a film that aims to teach parents and children what it means to be a good steward. The Mysterious Note is a story about a family from Chicago that is caught up in a self-serving life until a series of adventures gives them a different perspective. The film is available for churches to use October 22-February 22, 2019, as part of an evangelistic and/or fundraising campaign. According to an NAD news story, the licensing fee to show the film is $299, but the fee can be waived if the film is screened in a non-religious venue for evangelism, such as a theater, or auditorium. Visit to learn more.

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