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Adventist News Networks weekly segment on Seventh-day Adventist history ( Dr. David Trim: Welcome to this week in Adventist history, a week rich in healthcare advances. On April 14, 1906, Harold Shryock was born. Shryock was a physician, educator, and college administrator at Loma Linda University, as well as a prolific author, counselor and public speaker. He died at 97 years old after a full life of service. On April 15 in 1920, Krankenhaus Waldfriede, or Berlin Hospital, was founded. In 1993 a health center opened its doors, the first center attached to an acute-care hospital within the European Seventh-day Adventist health-care system. April 16, 1967, witnessed the official opening of the Davis Memorial Hospital in Georgetown, Guyana. The 54-bed hospital was named in memory of Ovid Elbert Davis, a pioneer Adventist missionary who dedicated his life to the Native Americans of Guyana. The first kidney transplant performed at Loma Linda University Hospital occurred on April 17, 1967. Two days later in 1953, a nursing home called the Seventh-day Adventist Medical Unit was established in the Community Hospital of Seventh-day Adventists in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Finally, on the same day in April 19, but in 1938, a health clinic was opened in Jakarta, Indonesia, by Jeanne Horn, wife of Siegfried Horn, J.E. Sinambela, a professional nurse, and Tan Thoe Han, a physician in the sponsoring church. Despite a turbulent history, including confiscation by the Red Cross during the revolution, Bandung Adventist Hospital proudly operates today. That was this week in Adventist history.