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Adventist HealthCare Welcomes Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Story by Cindy Glass


Pictured below: Robert Jepson (left), vice president for Government Relations and Public Policy, and James Lee (right), executive vice president and chief financial officer, welcome Terry Forde, new executive vice president and chief operating officer, to Adventist HealthCare at a July 19 event.

Moving from Colorado to Maryland as Adventist HealthCare’s new executive vice president and chief operating officer, Terry Forde faces a dual adventure to learn both the physical and healthcare terrain of his new state.

He previously served as president and CEO of Centura Health’s Parker Adventist Hospital in Colorado. His career in health care started in high school as a volunteer for an Adventist hospital located in Kansas City, Kan. He later worked in the accounting and patient accounts department at the nearby Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

While at Parker Hospital, he oversaw the rise of overall patient satisfaction results to the top quartile. “I was also proud that we achieved significant growth in our patient volumes each year,” he said.

At Adventist HealthCare, Forde will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s Maryland entities and operations as well as providing direction to selected support center services, such as Human Resources and the Education Institute.

“I am looking forward to helping shape the future of Adventist HealthCare as part of the executive team,” Forde says. “It is a privilege and an honor to serve with an organization that has such a great history in its background as part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.”

The Forde family is planning to attend Chesapeake Conference’s Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md. 

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