Adventist Health recently appointed two new leaders for its system board of directors as a result of the recent retirement of the system board of directors’ chair, Ricardo B. Graham. John Freedman, president of the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, who has served as vice chair since 2016, was appointed board chair. Bradford Newton, the new president of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, has joined the board and is vice chair.
“John’s and Bradford’s expertise, leadership experience and commitment to living God’s love will continue to strengthen the Adventist Health organization,” said Scott Reiner, Adventist Health chief executive officer. “We are pleased to formally introduce them to our Adventist Health communities in their new capacities of service and leadership.”
Freedman has been president of the North Pacific Union Conference since 2016 and a pastor and administrator in the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1981.
“I am honored to be selected as the new board chair, and I look forward to continued work with my board colleagues at Adventist Health,” said Freedman. “This moment in history, during the COVID-19 pandemic, has reminded each of us of the vital role healthcare plays in our communities. I am proud of the work that Adventist Health is doing to provide excellent clinical care and, through the Blue Zones framework, to improve individual health and well-being in alignment with our Seventh-day Adventist heritage. The work of each Adventist Health associate is critical to carrying forward the healing ministry of Jesus. I am blessed to be a part of that work.”
Freedman also serves as the system board mission committee chair. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rutgers University and a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University.
Bradford Newton is the new president of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He has served in pastoral and administrative roles since 1983. Newton also serves on the community board of Adventist Health Simi Valley. In addition, he will serve as the system board governance committee chair. Newton holds a bachelor’s degree in theology, and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Andrews University.
In addition to the change in board leadership, Adventist Health is celebrating the latest achievements of board member Andrew Davis.
Davis has served on the system board of directors since 2017 and is the board human performance committee chair. He was recently named executive vice president and global chief human resources officer for Sony Music Entertainment. In this new role, Davis is leading Sony Music Entertainment’s global human resource function, including talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, as well as organizational development. Davis has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Washington Adventist University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Emory University.
— Kim Strobel is Adventist Health project manager for religion, faith and mission