Adventist Health System (AHS) has expanded its Mission and Ministry Department, and announced two key leadership changes that will further solidify and advance its mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ throughout the Health System and in the communities it serves. Ted Hamilton, M.D., has been promoted to chief mission integration officer and senior vice president of mission and ministry, and Orlando “Jay” Perez, M.Div., has been promoted to vice president of institutional ministries, focused on expanding mission in inpatient settings.
“We are guided by our mission in everything we do as an organization, and I am confident that our new direction, leadership, and expanded focus will help distinguish Adventist Health System as a beacon of light in health care, and as we get closer to the consumer, enable us to provide our Christian healing ministry to patients in all care settings, at each stage of care delivery,” said Terry Shaw, president/CEO for AHS.
Hamilton, who will report to Shaw, will provide direction and oversight of mission and ministry for AHS, developing and implementing strategy, cultivating mission-focused leaders, and promoting and incorporating mission across all the organization’s inpatient and outpatient areas. He previously served as vice president of medical mission for AHS. His experience also includes serving as senior medical officer for Florida Hospital, director of Florida Hospital’s family practice residency, executive director of the Loma Linda Faculty Medical Group, and medical director for HMO Georgia. He currently serves as chair of the executive committee for the Coalition for Physician Well-Being. A graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Hamilton completed his family practice training at Florida Hospital. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business.
In what is a new role in the organization, Perez, who will report to Hamilton as well as Daryl Tol, president/CEO of AHS’s Central Florida Division, will be responsible for the integration of mission across all inpatient settings, mission onboarding for AHS employees, the Mission Integration Peer Review process, chaplaincy services, and the AHS Master of Divinity/CPE program. He previously served as vice president of mission and ministry for Florida Hospital, and has also served as assistant vice president for mission and service excellence at Florida Hospital. An ordained minister, Perez also has experience in both pastoral ministry and clinical ministry at hospitals in Texas and Florida. He earned a master’s degree in divinity from Andrews University Theological Seminary, and an undergraduate degree in theology from Southwestern Adventist University. He is certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as a CPE supervisor, and serves that organization as a member of the Certification Committee.
The Mission and Ministry Department, which is based at AHS’s corporate headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Florida, also oversees clinical mission integration, congregational ministries, corporate campus ministries, CREATION Health, mission communication and resources, physician engagement, and the spiritual ambassadors program.
Adventist Health System | August 2017