Nurses reunite for San Homecoming


Wahroonga, New South Wales

Seventy-five past and present members of the Sydney Adventist Hospital community were reunited at the annual San Homecoming last Sabbath (August 20).

Hosted by the San Foundation, guests attended Sabbath School and a worship service at Wahroonga Adventist Church, and later enjoyed a special dinner at the Fox Valley Community Centre.

Adventist Health Ministries leader Dr Chester Kuma spoke at the worship service—his theme: “Our hands, His touch”. 

Adventist HealthCare Limited nursing executive officer Annette Baldwin said the address was both powerful and inspiring as Dr Kuma highlighted all the functions that hands may be used for. It was particularly appreciated by one of the San groups as this was their motto when they graduated more than 40 years ago.

There was also a presentation by former Adventist Aviation pilot Pastor Colin Winch.

Rose-Marie Radley with Pastor Colin Winch.

Many attendees were in awe of a beautiful display cabinet donated by former hospital superintendent Dr Bert Clifford, handcrafted from timber he saved from the balustrade of the original 1903 Sanitarium building. 

Knowledgeable San Museum curator Michael Rigby was on hand during museum tours to answer questions as visitors reminisced about the photos, uniforms, medical instruments and other memorabilia on display.

Past and present members of the San community gather around Dr Bert Clifford’s handcrafted display cabinet.

Awards were presented to hospital general manager Brett Goods (Chairman’s Commendation) and cardiothoracic surgical ward nurse Geena-Rose Burton ($1000 Alumni Association Scholarship). Claude Douglass Judd received a citation celebrating 75 years since he graduated from the San in 1941.

Pastor Claude Judd (left) and wife Yvonne with a citation presented by former Adventist HealthCare CEO Dr Leon Clark. Pastor Judd graduated from the San 75 years ago (see below).

The San class of 1941.

Other Homecoming activities included musical items presented by staff and hospital highlight tours.

Special thanks were made to the San Homecoming committee: Annette Baldwin, Rose-Marie Radley, Kay Meany, Barbara Ward, Melanie Windus and Coralie Batchelor for their commitment in organising the event; and volunteers Mark Windus, Lloyd Dodds, Jim Radley, Tom Meany and Gary Ward who helped with the heavy lifting.