A legacy of health innovation
8/9/2016 8:48 AM
As the Civil War ended and the country turned its thoughts to unity and life, medical pioneers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church established an innovative health care program in Battle Creek, Michigan. The year was 1866 and these medical pioneers were looking to transform medical treatments and health care.
During a time when many medical treatments were as harmful as the diseases they were intended to cure, these innovators taught patients about good nutrition, exercise and hygiene. Sunshine and glasses of water replaced dark, stuffy rooms and blood-letting.
It was a place where each person was valued as a creation of God, and where caregivers created a healing environment focused on providing extraordinary whole-person care.
The sanitarium became a destination for both prominent and middle-class American citizens. Celebrated American figures who visited the sanitarium (including Mary Todd Lincoln and Sojourner Truth) influenced and encouraged enthusiasm for health and wellness among the general population.
Battle Creek Sanitarium became the 'in' place for the these people to seek their lost health, to listen to health lectures and to learn and practice the principles of a healthy lifestyle.
Their commitment and philosophy of those pioneers continue today in hundreds of hospitals, nursing homes and clinics around the world.
The Adventist Health System, a legacy of that movement, was founded in 1973. Today it is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction, comprised of 46 hospital campuses and nearly 77,000 employees. Central Texas Medical Center is one of those campuses.
The Adventist health philosophy promotes a vegetarian lifestyle, spiritual care and the idea that caring for our bodies honors our Creator. This is expressed in the AHS mission statement as extending the healing ministry of Christ.
Today AHS continues the tradition of whole-person care by practicing and sharing CREATION Health, a blueprint for living a happy, healthy life based on the principles given in the Bible’s creation story: Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal relationships, Outlook and Nutrition.
Central Texas Medical Center operates a CREATION Health Institute to promote these health tenets.
J Harvey Kellogg
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg was a surgeon, physician and avid health reformer, who directed the Adventist sanitarium in Battle Creek using holistic methods. He was a pioneer for healthcare based on nutrition, exercise and preventive living. Many of the principles Kellogg espoused live on today through the Adventist Health System hospitals and CREATION Health programs.
Dr. Kellogg is best known for the invention of the famous breakfast cereal, Corn Flakes, in 1878. His goal was to provide his patients with an alternative to fatty meat products for breakfast. Kellogg also manufactured ‘nut paste’ or peanut butter to add another protein source to the American diet.