Loma Linda University Medical Center will be featured in "The Adventists," a PBS documentary scheduled to air on KVCR at 8 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 29, a university spokeswoman announced Monday.
The one-hour documentary film "highlights various aspects of LLUMC and how, as a Seventh-day Adventist institution, the hospital innovates excellence through cutting-edge medicine and Christ-centered care," Briana Pastorino of Loma Linda University said in a statement.
"The Adventists" was first shown in Loma Linda and on PBS in 2010.
"The film also explores the history and contemporary story of Seventh-day Adventists, a faith-group whose members are some of the healthiest and longest-living people on the planet," Pastorino said.
Dr. Leonard Bailey of Loma Linda University Medical Center is profiled in the documentary as he performs surgery on a five-month old baby awaiting a new heart, Pastorino said.
"Every moment while participating in an infant heart transplant . . . is a miracle one way or another," Bailey said. "The fact that we can stop a baby's heart and start it back up again---there’s something miraculous about that."
Bailey is surgeon-in-chief at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Pastorino said.
He helped pioneer infant heart transplant in the mid-1980s "when he transplanted the heart of a baboon into a child who became known as Baby Fae," Pastorino said.
Martin Doblmeier, director of "The Adventists," was inspired to make the film after visiting LLUMC, Pastorino said.
"This was a great idea for a film because what you have is this juxtaposition between a faith tradition that people, I think, call conservative and traditional, and at the same time it’s promoting 21st century, cutting edge medical science and wellness," Doblmeier said. "The balance of those two things I found fascinating, and that became the genesis for the film."
KVCR is the Inland Empire's public television network.