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Adventist Donates Medical Trailer

Mobile Command Center given to emergency group.

Adventist Health Simi Valley has donated a medical trailer that previously served as its mobile command center trailer to emergency response organization Hope Crisis Response Network (HCRN).

HCRN, headquartered in Northern California, is a disaster response organization that has responded to nearly 60 major wildfires in California since 2015. Its volunteers have also conducted rebuild efforts in six counties.

HCRN operates a mobile command center known as the Disaster Resource Village that travels to disaster-stricken areas and provides spiritual and emotional care, emergency medical care, childcare, pet care, food and hygiene assistance. The organization also operates a software system that registers disaster survivors, provides continuity of care and prevents duplication of services from other disaster organizations.

“What a blessing for us to be able to serve by serving others,” Kevin Cox, the chief executive and founder of HCRN, said in a statement.

The donation of the trailer tacks on to Adventist Health’s history of community initiatives. The hospital entered an exclusive multiyear partnership with Moorpark Community College this year that strengthened the college’s health care services, health care career development and its athletic program, among other things. The partnership also included scholarships for health care-related careers, expanded clinical rotations for Moorpark students and the addition of a full-time athletic trainer in conjunction with the school’s sports programs.

The Simi Valley hospital, which is one of 23 in the Adventist system, reported $8 million in net income last year and $2.9 million in total net assets in the first quarter of this year.

“Our mission is to live God’s love. I can’t think of a better way to do so than to be a part of something so meaningful,” Jennifer Swenson, president of Adventist Health Simi Valley, said in a statement.

Swenson was named in this year’s Valley 200 and is also the chair of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Gold Coast Health Plan Commission.

Antonio Pequeño IV
Antonio Pequeño IV
Antonio “Tony” Pequeño IV is a reporter covering health care, finance and law for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. He specializes in reporting on some of the biggest names in the Valley’s biotechnology sector. In addition to his work with the Business Journal, Tony has reported with BuzzFeed News on the unsupervised use of Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition technology. Tony, who also conducts freelance reporting, graduated from the USC’s Master of Science in Journalism program in 2021. He is in his fifth year as a journalist as of 2021.

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