Join AH Simi Valley as the Philanthropy of the Foundation President

More than fifty years ago, a country doctor and a group of forward-thinking residents had a vision for their small towns of Simi and Santa Susana: They would create a special place of healing in the picturesque valley they called home. Now, you can help support that vision in the beautiful Simi Valley as President, Philanthropy.

We are looking for a very special individual to serve as principal major gifts officer and chief operating officer of the Foundation. The President works closely with the leadership and foundation staff, the Ministry, CEO, and volunteer leadership in generating major philanthropic support. An effective President will build a culture of philanthropy through strong annual giving and major gifts programs. We prefer that candidates have ten years of fundraising experience and five years of leadership experience. Apply today for this exciting opportunity in beautiful Simi Valley.



Exciting Leadership Opportunities at Adventist Health Glendale!

Don’t miss exciting career opportunities at Adventist Health Glendale, an exceptional hospital in an award-winning health system! Here’s what we’re looking for:

Director of Clinical Information Systems:

You’ll oversee the implementation of clinical information systems (CIS) that improves clinical practices through technology-enabled acquisition, aggregation and communication of patient information. The Director actively participates in the entire CIS process and supervise and direct the activities of various levels of assigned personnel. Interested? Learn more here.

Director of Patient Experience/Customer Service:

In this position, you’ll develop and coordinate a customer complaints program that focuses on effectively managing complaints, service recovery, and improving patient experience. You’ll work closely with staff and families alike and create a culture of service excellence. You’ll need at least seven years customer relationship experience. Learn more here.

We’re also offering full-time and per diem staff nursing positions. See if your focus is hiring here.



This year’s Nurses Week at Adventist Health Glendale was filled with ice cream socials, a barbeque, and a massage day! The week’s activities culminated in an awards luncheon for hospital nurses.

Nurses in each hospital unit were honored with a Nurse of The Year Award. Filor Izanian was presented the overall Nurse of the Year Award and Patricia Hepburn was presented the Professional Practice Model Nurse Award! Other honors were presented at the ceremony including the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the immune System) and BEE (Be Exceptional Everyday) honors.

Congrats to all of our honorees and every member of our dedicated nursing staff. Read more about the luncheon and a list of this year’s winners.



On July 2nd, Alice Issai will take the helm as the new President of Adventist Health Glendale. She will be reporting to Andrew Jahn, President of the Adventist Health Southern California Region.

Alice is returning to where she started her professional career nearly four decades ago as a financial analyst. In the time since, she has become a distinguished healthcare leader in the region. She served as Chief Operating Officer for Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital where she developed high-performing teams and emphasized a culture of accountability.

With Alice’s depth of knowledge and breadth of expertise, we’re confident that, working together, we will continue to improve the health of the Glendale Community. As a member of that community herself, Alice will bring a personal, familial connection to her new position. Welcome Alice! Read the article featuring Alice in the Outlook Newspapers!



Adventist Health is Awarded the California Award for Performance ExcellenceAdventist Health is Awarded the California Award for Performance Excellence

Adventist Health White Memorial is proud to be one of four recipients of the California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) Eureka Award for Performance Excellence by the California Council of Excellence (CCE). The honorees are recognized based on the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence for their outstanding commitment to sustainable excellence through innovation, continuous improvement, and visionary leadership.

The Eureka applicants were evaluated by teams comprised of the 2017 CAPE Board of Examiners. The rigorous evaluation process takes more than three months, including a weeklong site visit, and covers the applicant’s’ performance in seven areas defined by the Baldrige Framework: leadership; strategy; customers; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce; operations; and results. The Eureka application evaluation is overseen by the CAPE Board of Judges to ensure the integrity of the process and to recommend recognition levels to CCE’s Board of Directors for ratification.

The CAPE Eureka Award process is modeled after that of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy; provides organizational assessments, training, tools and criteria; educates leaders in businesses, schools, health care organizations, and government and nonprofit organizations; shares the best practices of national role models; and recognizes those role models with the Baldrige Award.



Congratulations to Beth Zachary on Retirement after 37 Years with Adventist Health!

Beth Zachary led Boyle Heights-based White Memorial for 15 years before rising to senior vice president of parent company Adventist Health, where she also serves as president and CEO of the Southern California Region retired on Jan. 31. We’re proud to have called Beth Zachary part of our family for over 37 years.

Since 2011, Beth has led the Adventist Health Southern California Region and for the past three years has served as its president and CEO, chairing the hospital boards at Adventist Health Bakersfield, Glendale, Simi Valley and White Memorial as part of her role.

“I am grateful for all Beth’s contributions especially her dedication to mission and quality leadership. Her presence will be missed at Adventist Health,” said president and CEO Scott Reiner.

Beth has been a tireless advocate for listening to the needs of Adventist Health’s employees, physicians, and communities. While CEO of White Memorial, Beth helped lead one of our most troubled hospitals into an era of success by rebuilding the campus to meet seismic standards, bringing state-of-the art technology to East Los Angeles, obtaining national recognition for top-tier quality care, and making it one of Adventist Health’s strongest hospitals financially.



Join us at the Evidence-Based Practice Symposium 2018!

We are excited to be hosting The Evidence-Based Practice Council at Adventist Health White Memorial on July 18, 2018. We are extending a warm invitation to healthcare professionals in leadership, nursing, other interdisciplinary professionals, and nursing students to this inaugural evidence-based practice symposium, Transforming Nursing Care in the Community Hospital: The Case for Evidence-Based Practice.

We are honored to be joined by keynote speaker, Dr. Ellen Fineout-Overholt, distinguished professor of nursing at the University of Texas and respected author and speaker on evidence-based practice, who will enlighten us with her experiences and groundbreaking ideas related to the implementation of EBP within a system.

The symposium will take place at the California Endowment Center in Los Angeles. Speakers and breakout sessions will explore the foundation, development, and future implementation of evidence-based practice at the community hospital level, while providing the information necessary for a system-wide application.

Attendees will be provided with the skills necessary to utilize evidence-based practice to have maximum impact on safety and quality outcomes. Breakout sessions for practitioners from novice to expert will provide the tools required for successful implementation and to ensure the sustainability of evidence-based practice within the community hospital.

Please register at here.  For more information, please contact the Evidence-Based Practice Council at We look forward to sharing this exciting event with you!



Adventist Health RN Residency Program

San Joaquin Community Hospital has immediate openings for our upcoming new graduate Adventist Health RN Residency Program.

The program is a structured orientation and professional development, designed to ease the transition from new graduate to professional nurse. Applicants must have an active CA RN license prior to the June 5, 2017 start. Must also be willing to work in Bakersfield, CA.

Positions are available in the following units:

  • Telemetry
  • Med/Surg
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Department

Program Highlights

  • Individualized learning and orientation plan
  • Immersion period – 12-18 week orientation (length dependent on specialty)
  • Increased time at the bedside; decreased time in the classroom
  • Paired with an engaged preceptor – “the married state”
  • Professional and emotional support continues throughout the first year and the Resident’s development from novice to competent clinical team member

Qualifying Criteria:

  • Current CA RN license is required prior to program start, June 5, 2017
  • Candidates must be willing to relocate to Bakersfield, CA
  • Associate Degree RNs accepted; BSN preferred
  • Less than six (6) months of acute care experience working as a RN
  • Applicants with non-acute experience for longer than 6 months may also be considered at the discretion of unit specific criteria
  • Attendance is mandatory for scheduled classes
  • Vacations will not be permitted during the Clinical Immersion phase of the residency


  • Up to $3,000 in relocation reimbursement is available to qualifying candidates
  • Health benefits start on the first day of the month following hire date
  • Additional benefits include retirement plan, tuition assistance, employee referral bonus, paid leave bank, and more!


Once hired, RN will be required to sign a Registered Nurse Residency Employment Commitment Agreement with a minimum period of two years of full-time employment.



Per-Diem Registered Nurse Open House

Are you looking to supplement your current nursing career? Join us at our Per-Diem Registered Nurse Open House on Monday, March 28, 2018 from 9am – 2pm! We have both day and night shifts available, and you will have the opportunity to discuss openings in the following areas:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Med-Surg
  • Cath Lab
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Case Management
  • OR / GI Lab
  • Critical Care
  • Telemetry
  • Emergency Department
  • Women’s Services

Come see why Adventist Health Glendale has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal and was voted “Best Hospital in Glendale” by the Glendale News-Press readers!

Be sure to apply online before the event and bring a copy of your updated resume. Note that you must have 2+ years of acute hospital experience to be considered.

The open house will be held at the Human Performance Office:
East Tower
1509 Wilson Terrace
Glendale, CA 91206


For additional information, please e-mail



Congratulations to President and CEO Andrew Jahn!

President and CEO Andrew Jahn was chosen to lead the Adventist Health Southern California Region and will assume his new duties as president at the end of the month.

Jahn spent two and a half years as CFO, ahead of which he held positions such as director of finance at  Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, and assistant to the CFO of Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Jahn and his family will be relocating to Southern California.

“It is an indescribable privilege to transition to the Adventist Health Southern California Region to lead an incredible team,” Jahn stated, adding that he is grateful for the opportunity to serve with quality people doing heartfelt and exceptional work during his 15-plus years in Adventist healthcare.

Adventist Health President Bill Wing says Jahn’s history with the company made him an ideal candidate for his new role. He comments, “Jahn is a creative and compassionate leader with the right skills and experience…[he] has demonstrated his deep passion for our mission and commitment to the communities we serve throughout his tenure with Adventist Health.”

Jahn holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and a bachelor’s degree from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Jahn serves as a  member of the Union College Advisory Board, Chair-elect of the Hospital Council of Northern California, board member and trustee for the California Hospital Association, and executive board member of the Tuolumne County Business Council



Neonatal Nurse Spotlight: Aileen E. Takeshita

Aileen E. Takeshita (RN, BSN, CCRN, Program Coordinator—Education/NICU) works with our tiniest patients. Here’s why she finds this work so meaningful and rewarding, in her own words:

“As an NICU nurse, I work with newborn infants born with a variety of problems ranging from prematurity, birth defects, infection, cardiac malformations, and/or surgical problems. These babies usually experience problems from the time they’re born or shortly after birth. Not only do we care for the baby, we also care for the family. We provide them with psychosocial support during this stressful time.

At the end of the day, the greatest reward is a genuine thank you from the parents or family. Of course, it is always sending a baby home. The harsh reality is that not all babies go home. But when a mother, father, or family member pulls you aside, gives you a hug, and says “Thank you for all you did to help me and my baby,” that’s the reward.

I live in this community. In 23 years I’ve worked at White Memorial, I’ve taken care of a lot of babies. I see these families [outside of the hospital]. And they always remember me and are so excited when they can say “Look at my baby. He/She is doing so well now. Thank you!”