Adventist Health and Fresno Pacific University are working together to ensure the next generation of nurses is ready to care for residents in the Central Valley.

Last week, four hospital beds, a gurney, a crash cart and a defibrillator were picked up from Adventist Health Tulare and delivered to Fresno Pacific University’s new nursing skills and simulation labs located at its North Fresno Campus, 5 River Park Place West, Suite 303, Fresno. The nursing skills lab is designed to mirror an acute care hospital environment.

The equipment, donated by Adventist Health, was either outdated or not being used. “We know the world needs more nurses, now more than ever,” said Sheri Pereira, associate patient care executive for Adventist Health Tulare. “While we no longer needed this equipment, we were thrilled to learn that Fresno Pacific University could utilize it to train future RNs. We look forward to seeing the college’s completed skills and simulation labs, and pray for the success of their nursing students and faculty as they begin their new journey.”

FPU offers three nursing options: a new Bachelor of Science (BSN) program starting in fall of 2022 for students just beginning their studies, an RN to BSN program for registered nurses seeking to achieve their bachelor’s and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with FNP PREP residency program. More at:

“[Adventist Health’s] generosity has furnished us with the most essential components of each bay, a patient bed and emergency equipment for the entire bay,” added Alexis Ramirez, D.N.P., assistant director of FPU’s BSN program. “This equipment will be used to train future generations of nurses for the Central Valley and our underserved populations.”

Adventist Health (Adventist Health | West Coast and Hawaii Hospitals) is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii as well as others across the U.S. through its Blue Zones company, a pioneer in taking a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies, retirement centers and online. A compassionate and talented team of 37,000 associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers live God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope.

(Thanks to Brian Johnson, Adventist Health)



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations