Press Release June 14, 2023

Press Release June 14, 2023

Celebration Day for Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Adventist Health

Contact MCMC:
Travis Dray | Business Development Director | | (541) 506-5750

Contact Adventist Health:

Japhet De Oliveira | Corporate Communication Executive | | (301) 601-6349

On June 14, 2023, Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Adventist Health gathered together to officially celebrate the new relationship that advances rural healthcare across The Dalles and Columbia River Gorge. As part of this celebration, it was revealed that the Mid-Columbia Medical Center will now be known as Adventist Health Columbia Gorge.

“We are so glad to celebrate nearly four years of collaborative conversations that brought us to this historic moment. Adventist Health Columbia Gorge’s unwavering commitment to their communities will shape the future of healthcare, and we are pleased that the onboarding process with Human Resources is moving forward with clarity and speed,” shared Joyce Newmyer, Chief People Officer, Adventist Health and Oregon State Network President.

“Today, we celebrate the beginning of a new chapter together — a chapter in which we will have the ability to grow, innovate and provide greater access to the high-quality care our patients and families deserve,” said Dennis Knox, President and CEO of MCMC. “I look forward to working together with the leaders and team members across the Adventist Health family of organizations as we work to improve the health and well-being of every person who comes through our doors.”

“Adventist Health is redefining rural healthcare in a post-pandemic world. It gives me great joy to welcome Adventist Health Columbia Gorge to our healthcare system,” said Kerry L. Heinrich, President and CEO of Adventist Health.

“Our organizations have worked hard to make it to this day. This agreement is a massive step forward for MCMC, and I am thrilled about the many ways this relationship will make a difference for the patients and families we serve,” said Robb Van Cleave, chair of the MCMC Board of Trustees.

To celebrate the agreement with Adventist Health and unveil the new Adventist Health Columbia Gorge brand, leaders began celebrating with employees at 12:01 a.m. and held an event for all employees at Kelly Commons on the hospital campus. To learn more about the agreement, please visit Joining Adventist Health


 About Mid-Columbia Medical Center

Founded in 1901, Mid-Columbia Medical Center is a nationally recognized hospital dedicated to serving residents of The Dalles and its surrounding communities. In 1992, MCMC became the first hospital in the nation to integrate the Planetree philosophy of patient care, which emphasizes the need to address a person’s intellectual, environmental, emotional and spiritual concerns in addition to their physical needs. As a Planetree-affiliated hospital, MCMC works to provide a caring, nurturing and educational environment; puts great efforts into humanizing and demystifying the medical experience; and strives to empower people to become active partners in their own healthcare. In 2023 MCMC joined Adventist Health and changed its name to Adventist Health Columbia Gorge. For more information, visit

 About Adventist Health

Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit, integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii with over 400 sites of care. Founded on Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care, and hospice agencies in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 37,000 includes employees, physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness, and hope. We are committed to staying true to our heritage by providing patient-centered, quality care. Together, we are transforming the healthcare experience with an innovative and whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing to support community well-being.