THE SANITARIUM idea is definitely not outdated, although the term may be. This month's health section focuses on some of the current attempts being made by Adventist hospitals, medical groups, and individual practitioners in applying to modern medical practice the instruction the Lord has given to us concerning the sanitarium work.
A whole new breed of professionals is being developed to help implement this new approach to an old idea. The title that designates these new professionals is that of hospital health educator. In individual or group practice the title clinical health educator is being used. Currently, thirteen hospital health educators are employed in our denominational institutions, and several who fall into the category of clinical health educator are now serving Seventh-day Adventist physicians and medical groups.
Of course, not all of these health educators or the programs they are carrying on are included in the brief section allotted to health evangelism. But we have tried to pick representatives from various categories to show what is being done and the great potential that exists in this kind of medical missionary work. We have also included a report on the neighborhood church clinic concept that has been developed by Dr. Granger Westberg. We hope this emphasis will stimulate interest on the part of both doctors and ministers in developing innovative pro grams in this field. We would very much like to re port in future issues of the health section such pro grams that are being successfully implemented.