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Supreme Court Prayer Decision Validates Signature’s Interfaith Spirituality Model

NDOP 2014-WEB-0398The U.S. Supreme Court struck another blow against the long-standing divide between faith and government last month when the court ruled by a narrow vote that the Constitution allows for prayer in town meetings.

A 1983 decision allowed prayers at the start of legislative sessions, but opposing sides in last month’s decision differed on whether town board meetings were significantly different from legislative sessions.

In support of the decision, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said prayer in both settings were “meant to lend gravity to the occasion and reflect values long part of the nation’s heritage,” according to a recent New York Times article.

But even dissenters were not strictly opposed to prayer in public meetings.

The New York Times article quotes Justice Elena Kagan as saying that the practices of the town in upstate New York that sparked the case could not be reconciled with First Amendment rights that every citizen, regardless of religion, has an equal share in government. But Justice Kagan went on to say that she did not propose banning prayer, only requiring officials to ensure that prayers are inclusive of different faiths.

This aligns with Signature HealthCARE’s interfaith approach to spirituality,

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not only in its facilities and offices, but also in the public sphere. Signature has long held or participated in faith-oriented public events, often involving government officials, including the National Day of Prayer celebrations held each May at its health care centers and the company’s home office in Louisville.

“We have a model that is not watered down, but not proselytizing either, in the sense that we meet people at the point of their need,” said Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality and Legislative Affairs for Signature. “This is a true celebration, and really a validation of our interfaith model and adds credibility to our design as it relates to the First Amendment as well as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Prayer at town meetings, not based on religious profile but respecting religious preference, is powerful. This could bring prayer back into the schools based on an interfaith model. This is very exciting.”

Delores Patrick, Chaplain/Director of Spirituality for Laurelwood Care Center, in Elkton, Md., noted that both the city’s mayor and a city commissioner spoke during the center’s National Day of Prayer ceremony this year.

Patrick also said she favors the court’s decision.

“I embrace this ruling as a turn toward the intersection that our country was founded upon, inviting the sovereignty and wisdom of God into our meetings,” she said. “It’s a great start, moving us, as a country, toward the principles that made these United States great. In God, we do trust.”

National Day Of Prayer, May 1, 2014 – “In Defiance of Suffering” by Dianne H. Timmering

Today is a beginning, a new relentless pursuit in the deconstruction of suffering at every page of the healthcare continuum from the early signs and symptoms to the diagnosis of hopelessness, at the moment of collision of hurt and fear. We are a people who are afraid, who fear unknowns, who suffer blindly because of what might be or what has been.

What if we didn’t have to?

What if we could find that one elixir, a spiritual means for example at its cellular core and inject it, activate it into every condition, thought and situation, and then the element of its essence defies the mind from the negative place where untruths lie, and suffering roots.

But what’s in the design? How do we deconstruct the fear, the anxiety, the deleterious sounds of the symptoms of suffering from the honesty of bad news, or the realness of unrelenting pain?

What does deliberate intent to deconstruct hurt at every point of care look like? Maybe it looks like the peel of an orange, a plump section, a champagne toast to the tongue, joy in the juice of its sweetness, nourishment spreading throughout the working veins of the body where life is lived. The deconstruction of suffering at the cellular level like water puddled on a leaf seeping into skin, restoring what is parched, brandishing a new green, growing, living again.

As a people and a movement, do we have a responsibility of defiance because within our walls is a calibrated melody of the spiritual as an intervention of healing. Even early on as we created and built our spiritual model, we saw residents finishing their prescribed therapy not only because of a dedicated therapy team but because of a concentrated partnership with a spiritual quality, an essence of empowerment that reached into a patient’s state of loneliness, sickness, sorrow and came out with a resurgence of faith that wellness mattered and change of condition was possible. Depression around circumstance, we found, could circumvent healing. Remembrance and reminders of why they mattered, and prayer in the tangible of faith’s presence began to infuse the possible into the physical of the outcome.

Just imagine: Spiritual inputs for optimized outcome, such as the support of prayer, clinically spiritualized careplans, the hope in the Divine, the power of comfort in the belief and practice tradition of a particular faith, and integrating that within the overall episodic prescription of care. A brave new world.

With our amazing healthcare workforce (you see before you), physician and market alignment, a dedication to revolutionary fierceness, good gov’t policy, and an army of spiritual leaders with sword in hand and hope in word and deed, together on this day of national day of prayer, we are a movement in the defiance of suffering. This is not an isolated day of prayer but a launch pad, a spring board of deliberate intent to mine for your own joy, to listen for it, for there is always a way, there is always a solution. Grab it and impress it upon the molecules of your soul. This day is also about our clinical excellence, bundled with spiritual and medical inputs of best treatment and care—all packed into a capsule, like a pill, its own packaged elixir of fusion injected into the destructive pathway of suffering, blowing it up into a new each moment of heaven on earth, then we are the nuclear force that defies the anguish of fear and unleashes dunamis power and there will be calamity no more.

By Dianne H. Timmering


SHC of Jacksonville brings faith community, others together for car wash fundraiser

We had an awesome time at our First Annual Signature HealthCare of Jacksonville Community Car Wash Concert fund raiser event on March 1, 2014. There was a lot going on that day. We had food, fun, fellowship and a great time. The community came together and really made this event one to remember.

Voice of Joy Family Worship Center started us off with some uplifting music, and their mime and praise dance youth ministry team really added some extra heartfelt moments throughout the day. Pastor Larry Lockley, from Vision Christian Ministries, blessed us with a brief word of encouragement that caused us to think about why we are here to serve, and to be a blessing to those in need.

Gospel hip-Hop artist Young King David blessed us with some tunes that moved us, and brought CDs to give away to the crowd. The Church 3:20 gave us a check for $250 and brought their youth praise and worship team of singers and musicians to carry us throughout the rest of the day.

Our local fire department even came out to help with the event. The kids had a great time with the big red fire truck and all of the equipment on it – they even gave us a couple of toots on the horn! SPARKLE, a local professional car-washing business, volunteered their time and services, and their bright, shiny truck, which added an extra attraction for this occasion.

A local radio station donated four days of free radio time to promote our event during peak hours and drive time. Two local high schools came to represent their school and help wash cars. We also had pomes, games and a whole lot of fun.

Our goal for this event was to promote awareness and need for skilled-nursing facilities and elder care. We also wanted to share what it means to help those in need in our community and to bring the community together to experience the reward and benefit of volunteering and coming together for a good cause.

The event raised almost $800 toward our Resident Council Fund and we believe all that was done throughout the day helped us accomplish our goals. From this event, we can be reminded of what it says in 2 Corinthians 9:11 – that you will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

– Larry Glover, Chaplain and Bob Eger, Director of Plant Operations

What Are the Sacred Six?

The Sacred Six are “the set of core service values that will help Signature HealthCARE continue to drive our mission and vision for the Revolution.”

The Sacred Six: “Compassion, Integrity, Teamwork, Respect, Positivity and Patience–the artful essence of  Signature HealthCARE’s identity as a company and as a movement.”

Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality for Signature HealthCARE elaborates further:

“Deliberate Good: Our CNAs – A Reflection On Service Day” by Dianne Timmering

Day of Service . . . a rejuvenating encounter for many of us as we have heard from the home office army of givers during the last 12 days. It is an experience, one of identity, the power of stop, hold, look, see step into another’s world, into the gray of deep eyes, gleaming or dull with wonder as to why this person is bending down or over into their wheel-chaired space of time.

I am a stranger to Ms. Margaret and she wonders if I am a new CNA on the floor and will be taking care of her today, tomorrow, the next one. Curious links of thought emit illuminating her cautious eyes which are vulnerable, considering, lost, tired, tender, frail, yet fruitful like a juicy berry of expectation. Hope fills with nectar. Because I see her; and she sees me. And we connect through a thousand peals in the pierce of a second and trust comes, because it must, because today I am her caregiver.

In truth, I am only assisting her primary care giver, Karen, a dedicated CNA filled with such patience and integrity of skill and deliberate intent of good, that I wonder if I do my day to day job as well as she commits to the quality of purpose she gives whether she is making a bed to perfection, offering dining assistance, or helping a resident ambulate to the toilet. Karen is a seven year veteran, and I am inspired by all that she is; I am inspired by the way God made her. I watch her and I try to be like her.

She instructs me and I do exactly what she is tells me—to help feed Ms. Margaret, a 1950s local Ms. County beauty queen whose fingers won’t do what she is telling them to do; mine can help. I gently unfold her slender hand and tuck her weak fingers round the enlarged handle and she takes a bite of peas—one bite and then those tendrils close again. The spoon falls. Applesauce I notice styles the corner of her thin lips; we dab at her mouth with the open napkin, and she smiles.

I am struck by her confidence in me, that I will try hard, that I will know what to do. What a burden on the both of us.

But we try together and we communicate and trust builds with the best intent and patience of mind even when there is also something do at the next bedside, next door, in the next room. We engage and I ask her a question about the picture on her night stand—it is her son who she loves. He lives in another state. She misses him. I tell her I am sorry. She wets a tear; we share the compassion of need tender at the intersection of colliding hearts.

A renewed pulse of energy strikes me like the unwearied sun on that first spring morning and I realize what we are doing and why we are doing it—radical change to the essence of aging; what better mission on any corporal plain. Suffering loneliness, chronic pain, body abandonment, sorrowful days, heavy sickness that some of our people are forced to wear and yet still they smile when we step into their presence of time. It is beyond a feeling, it is a knowing of purpose for both of us. To live. To really live.

Signature HealthCARE—a movement in the defiance of suffering.

Love to all.

Dianne H. Timmering, MBA, MFA, CNA
Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC


2013 Senior Olympics Opening Prayer

Drawing a  crowd of more than 300, Signature HealthCARE’s third annual Central Kentucky Senior Olympics, held September 25, 2013 at Signature’s Louisville home office.

A total of 55 athlete-residents from 11 Signature homes competed in the games, with more residents in attendance to cheer on their facility teams. The following is the both the text and the audio recording of the Opening Prayer for the day by Signature HealthCARE’s Vice President of Spirituality Dianne Timmering:

Today we rejoice in God’s love for us, His joy in this moment of energy. For God is giddy, alongside us, holding each hand for He is a joyful God; a God of hopeful expectation; a fierce God, and therefore a protective and competitive God. He rejoices in this Olympian day.

This day of strength, of courage, of fighting through the quibbles of nerves for the empowerment of athletic spirit which never leaves us, only gets batted down when life seems delayed and hurting, but life never decays because breath is always in us. And with breath, a seed of faith practice and perseverance and that desire to pursue individual greatness and team achievement; we strive to win. To sit on the edge of our peak of what was, of what is, and of what can be still.

For purpose never leaves and competitive hope is healing in the continual pursuit of being. So let us be unencumbered; let us be; let us strive to have joy, competitiveness, be comrades-in-arms, in team and team spirit.

We pray for safety and an overflow of all good things. Let the games begin, Amen!




Signature Home Office Celebrates International Day of Peace

September 21st, 2013 has been set aside as the annual International Day of Peace, and Signature HealthCARE plans to observe the event at their Home Office on Friday, September 20th at 10:00 AM EDT.

As a measure of attempting to promote peace within everyone’s individual lives, Signature will conduct a Ceremony for Peace in the area behind their headquarters, led by members of the Departments of Spirituality and Recruting.

The ceremony will consist of a liturgy of peace featuring a “stone ceremony” where all participants will be invited to select a small stone and place it into a specially designated area as a symbol of their wish for peace and reconciliation, whether that be for themselves, a friend or family member or the world at large.

The event will be celebrated with coffee and biscotti from Heine Brothers and mementos of the day which were made by residents in our Memphis facility especially for the occasion will be available for purchase as well.

Please email for more details.

A Beautiful Memorial

Every once in a while you see a story that reminds us of the preciousness of each and every one of us here on Earth. The following is one of those stories; it is also one which reminds us of the importance of medical screenings – not only for ourselves but for those who love us as well.

Introduced by Angela R, it is an email from Lisa L in Donelson, TN:

I wanted to share the email I received from Lisa Lynch of Donelson Place. This message below delivers the commitment of Lisa and the importance of the breast cancer awareness programs. BMG was truly touched by Lisa and her staff and will also participate in the moment of silence in honor of their stakeholder.

Signature HealthCARE is truly committed to the importance of health and wellness by providing life impacting wellness programs for their stakeholders. The mobile mammogram coach is there today and the facility is packed with pink!

Hi Angela,
We have 18 appointments scheduled for tomorrow and a waiting list of five. Having the mammography unit come to our facility is one of the most valued benefits we offer and we always have a large participation rate.

The program this year increases emotion to our Stakeholders. My hands tremble, my heart hurts, and my eyes fill with tears as I type this message. We are dedicating tomorrow’s program to a stakeholder who was diagnosed with breast cancer early this year and passed in June. The

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stakeholder began her employment with Signature in 2009. She was an excellent team member and very dear to all who knew her. She fought her battle with faith and was a true champion.

I am sharing this message with you so you know how important this program is to us. We will have a moment of silence in the morning at 9:30 and we plan to wear pink. Please add a special prayer for those who participate in our program tomorrow.