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Terry Forde

Daily Record Staff//March 31, 2023

Terry Forde

By Daily Record Staff

//March 31, 2023


Terry Forde

President & CEO, Adventist Healthcare

Terry Forde had a severe medical condition as a child while living in a rural area and had to travel several hours to receive medical care. That experience and his strong faith as a Seventh Day Adventist led him to a career managing health care and helping get services to underserved individuals.

“Having that condition and realizing the powerful impact that medical professionals can have on a young person’s life influenced me to make sure we continue to have services that are valuable,” said Forde, Adventist HealthCare’s president and CEO since 2014.

Forde told The Washington Post that one of the most important lessons he’s learned is to value and appreciate others. “As a leader, you can’t do it all. You have to rely on really good people to help you accomplish your goals and vision as an organization. You have to help develop talented people around you that help you see the vision through.

“I also learned to listen to feedback and input from people who have good ideas and suggestions. Health care is full of committed employees who care a lot about patients,” he said. “Whether a physician or nurse or housekeeper, they all usually know what’s best for the patient.”

Forde has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and a master of business administration from Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Health Care Power List for 2023. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at

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