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Florida Hospital’s Legacy; 150 Years Strong

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) and all Adventist Health System facilities in 10 states are recognizing their 150-year legacy of health and healing this year. 
The first Adventist health care institution, the Battle Creek Sanitarium, was built in 1866 in Battle Creek, Michigan, by members of the newly-formed Seventh-day Adventist Church. This small group of Christians pioneered health practices that were a radical departure from the way medicine was then practiced. The Adventists’ based their practices on the biblical principles of creation and the benefits of getting plenty of daily exercise, fresh air and rest; eating healthfully; and practicing good hygiene. This approach helped individuals avoid illness and live healthier lives.
The Adventist health care pioneers were dedicated to Christ’s ministry of healing the sick. Their approach to holistic care combined with innovative medical techniques was considered revolutionary. Today, the Adventist health care mission remains consistent, according to Randy Surber, FHZ President and CEO. “Our mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every patient,” he said. “Our CREATION® health principles play an important role in keeping individuals well and also healing the sick.” CREATION® is an acronym for Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal Relationships, Outlook and Nutrition. “Integrating these components properly into one’s lifestyle is key, which is why we place such emphasis on patient and community education,” Surber added.  
Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Dale Carnegie and Amelia Earhart were among the first patients at the Battle Creek Sanitarium. The facility’s medical director was John Harvey Kellogg, MD, an advocate of the vegetarian lifestyle. Dr. Kellogg and his brother, W.K. Kellogg, invented Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®.  
If your group or organization is interested in a presentation on Florida Hospital’s legacy, contact FHZ’s marketing department at (813) 783-6192.

Photo Caption (Photo Courtesy of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills) Founders of the first Adventist Health System (AHS) facility in 1866 believed that exposing individuals to fresh air and exercise were important to maintaining good health and healing. AHS facilities like Florida Hospital Zephyrhills practice this philosophy today.

About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 139-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County.  It is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, one of the largest health care providers in the state of Florida.  Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, and HealthGrades for providing quality patient care with emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute is recognized for the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures and has received the Gold Plus Award for heart failure from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical offerings including orthopedic services such as hip and knee replacement and MAKOplasty® robotic partial knee replacement. The Women’s Health Center offers services for women including gynecology, urology and pelvic floor health, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. The hospital also offers 24/7 emergency services including a “fast track” option, imaging services, and the Center for Wound Healing. Visit for more information.