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Kettering Adventist HealthCare

Kettering Adventist Health Care beginnings stem from the family of Dayton inventor Charles F. Kettering. After his death in 1958, his son and daughter-in-law, Eugene and Virginia, decided to build a hospital as a memorial of his life and work. Impressed by the treatment polio patients received at a hospital operated by Seventh-day Adventists, and believing the Church's philosophy of healing and Christian-based compassion was the perfect foundation for a new community-based hospital, the Ketterings raised $2 million to develop the project. Kettering Memorial Hospital, a 254-bed facility, was officially dedicated in February 1964. Since the Ketterings plan also called for a school, the Adventist Church opened Kettering College of Medical Arts in 1967.

In 1978, Kettering opened Sycamore Hospital to provide medical care in the southwest suburbs. Recognizing the need for care in the southeast region, the organization began construction on what would eventually (1983) become Southview Hospital. In June 1999, the Kettering and Grandview (opened in 1926) hospital systems merged, creating the Kettering Medical Center Network, which operates under the Kettering Adventist HealthCare umbrella.

With five major hospitals, the Network is now the fastest growing healthcare provider in the Dayton area and the third largest employer. A not-for-profit organization, Kettering Adventist HealthCare serves citizens of the greater Dayton area and surrounding communities with 51 facilities, 1,300 physicians, 6,800 employees, and 1,000 volunteers.

Premier Inc. has recognized Grandview, Southview and Sycamore medical centers as Finalists for the QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare for providing outstanding patient care. Kettering Medical Center and Fort Hamilton Hospital were named Citation of Merit recipients.

photo by Jdmoar on Flickr

Kettering Adventist Health Network invites the public to celebrate Independence Day and Grandview Medical Center’s 90th anniversary. The Boom-n-Blast Independence Day celebration is being held on Sunday, June 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Preble County Medical Center, located at 450 Washington-Jackson Road in Eaton.

Susan Barcus has been named president of the Kettering Medical Center Foundation and chief development officer for Kettering Adventist HealthCare.

Thirty-nine Pathfinder teams from across the Columbia Union Conference are busy studying the book of Exodus for the upcoming Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) event March 19. The teams and their sponsors will gather at Allegheny East Conference’s (AEC) Shiloh church in Petersburg, Va., for an afternoon of Bible trivia.

Kettering College’s Campus Corner logo received two awards this year; one from the Healthcare Advertising Awards where they were recognized for a Gold award and a second at the Hermes Award ceremonies where they received a bronze Addy.

Story by Jessica Beans