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2019 AHCA Presidents’ Council Meets in Taipei, Taiwan
November 28, 2019

AHCA is the umbrella organization over all the Adventist healthcare institutions within the Northern Asia-Pacific Division (NSD). The purpose of AHCA is to provide coordination, services, advice, and networking among hospital administrators.

The 2019 NSD Presidents' Council of the Adventist HealthCare Association (AHCA) was held from September 30 to October 4, 2019, in Taipei, Taiwan, hosted by Taiwan Adventist Hospital. More than 36 Adventist hospital administrators, medical doctors, and department heads representing 12 hospitals from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the United States participated in the council.

The Presidents' Council is an annual event for hospital administrators and leaders to meet and renew their friendships and to have fellowship with each other for spiritual enrichment, networking and continuing education. During morning devotions for two days, Pastor Raymond Ke, former Taiwan Conference president, addressed and challenged the Adventist hospitals to refocus their objectives on the mission by extending the healing ministry of our Lord Jesus.

The main guest speaker for this year's council was Dr. Daniel Giang, who has been associate dean and vice president for Graduate Medical Education at Loma Linda University since 1996. A fourth generation Seventh-day Adventist, his grandfather served in the China Division as an educator, editor, and church administrator.

Dr. Giang shared his expertise in the area of Whole Person Care, which means treating patients with respect and compassion while addressing their physical, mental and spiritual needs. He reviewed with the participants how Adventists became interested in health and the implementations for Adventist healthcare and health education.

Dr. Edwin Hernandez, president of AdventHealth University in Orlando, U.S., was invited by AHCA this year to give a presentation about the on-line programs offered by AHU for healthcare institutions and health professionals.

During the council, participants visited both Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital and Taiwan Adventist Hospital. It was an eye-opening experience and a chance to learn and exchange ideas. They also saw new cutting-edge and sophisticated medical equipment, automated clinical laboratories, impressive VIP rooms, and efficient nursing stations. Each hospital has its own unique culture and characteristics for the local community.

At the business session of the council under the chairmanship of Dr. Toshihiro Nishino, current AHCA president, all hospital presidents or representatives gave their annual report on the general picture and performance of each hospital. The business session discussed routine agenda items and accepted the report on collaboration among member hospitals.

The council voted to hold the 2020 AHCA Presidents’ Council in Tokyo, Japan. They also re-elected Dr. Toshihiro Nishino, president of Tokyo Adventist Hospital, to continue to serve as AHCA president, and Dr. Huang Hui-Ting, president of Taiwan Adventist Hospital, as AHCA secretary/treasurer.

Stanley Ng, NSD AHCA Coordinator