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Signature Chaplains First Cluster Meeting of 2015 – July 21 and 22, 2015

“This past week saw the first of the 2015 Chaplain Cluster Meetings . . . and the Spirit was indeed present at the event!

Some comments from the attendees . . . .

“Don’t know about the rest of you, but I feel I’ve gone to the well and drawn what I needed.  Thanks to everyone for sharing your spirit.”
Mark Mills, Chaplain, Signature Healthcare of Warren

“Thank you all exceptional people for exceptional experience in Ohio.  I have been around the chaplain block a few years, but never worked with such an anointed leadership team and a wonderful organization as  Signature HealthCare. Dianne T, Carol H, David E, Tim H as well as our cluster (IN/OH), I am blessed to know you, and re-energized to serve for His glory. We are all in the winner team! Once more, merci boku, gracias, sosongo and whatever the language, my heart says: thank you.”
– Ani Ikene, Chaplain, SHC of South Bend

“What a great time I had at our cluster meeting this week. Just wanted to say thanks to all of you who I met for the first time it was truly a pleasure. God bless your works in Indiana, and to we Ohio Chaplains it is always great to be with you as well. My prayers are with each of you and I covet your prayers as well. Love to all of you.”
                – Dallas E. Waggle, Chaplain, Signature HealthCARE of Galion

“Loved meeting all of you from Indy and to rekindle support and care from the Ohio group. LaKeya, continue to pass out those trays – I’m right there with you. And to the winners of the tower building – congrats but we will take you down next time.”
               – Mark E. Brodbeck, Chaplain Signature HealthCARE Coshocton

IN-OH 2015 Cluster mtg



Signature HealthCARE presents study on workplace spirituality during national chaplain conference


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During this year’s annual conference for the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), the Signature Spirituality team presented findings of a study co-created by Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality and Legislative Affairs for Signature, and Meera Alagaraja, a professor with the University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development.

Signature is a long-term care, health care and rehabilitation provider headquartered in Louisville with 126 locations in 10 states. APC represents more than 5,000 member chaplains and affiliates that are involved in chaplaincy care of all people, respecting diverse cultures, identities and beliefs. This aligns with Signature’s own Department of Spirituality, which delivers interfaith spirituality programming, education and support to all of Signature’s nearly 20,000 employees, and the residents and families it serves.

The theme for the 2015 APC Annual Conference was ‘Soul meets Data: Research & Technology in Chaplaincy Care.’ The conference featured numerous trainings, exhibits and speakers, including discussions on evidence-based chaplaincy care, ‘revolutionary’ planning for end-of-life care and the use of social media.

Signature Spirituality presented findings from a recent study it completed in partnership with Meera Alagaraja, Ph.D, a professor in the University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development.

“We are excited to find, with our first-ever quantitative study, that workforce productivity, complemented with spirituality, drives creative and innovative thinking as well as emboldens self esteem,” said Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality and Legislative Affairs for Signature.

The study, ‘Fostering the Work-Spirit Connection,’ examines the impact of spirituality in the workplace, particularly in a health care setting. Based on feedback from several hundred Signature HealthCARE employees, the research found that workplace spirituality provides a number of benefits, including a sense of relevance and purposes in the lives of workers, stronger work ethic, lower stress and a greater respect for diversity in the organization. It also found that workplace spirituality aids with creativity and organizational conflict.

“Employees who have a strong sense of inner well-being experience meaningfulness in work and are more satisfied with their jobs than those who do not,” Alagaraja said of the study’s findings. “These employees also find a strong connection with their department and the company itself. This is great news for employees as it encourages them to focus on ways that enhance inner well-being, or spirituality, as a way of dealing with everyday stress related to work.”

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Spirituality Activated Solutions – Chaplain Non-Pharmacological Intervention Program

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Based on goal setting accomplished this year with facility administrators, the Spirituality Pillar is developing and piloting new programming to further address specific needs in our facilities.

One of the most promising and versatile programs being piloted by the Spirituality Department in multiple locations is called “Music & Memory”.

MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. Through partnership with chaplains in our facilities, staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, are trained in creating and providing personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.

In an attempt to link this program’s potential with wider interdisciplinary processes, Chaplain Tom Davis at Memphis ran a recent study in an attempt to show that individually selected music could be used as a low cost, non‐drug related therapy for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. This study was able to show that this personalized effective care was able to lead to significant positive results in a variety of areas, particularly in ability and willingness to communicate for residents diagnosed with Vascular Dementia.

The program was designed and evaluated via case study in full partnership with both the Clinical and Social Services Department there at Memphis.

The full details of the case study can be found at







In The Spirit: Defying Suffering – E-News from Signature Spirituality

Would you like to know more about Signature Spirituality and the great things we offer?

Download our newsletter with articles and tons of information on the many programs, services and other content available from Signature Spirituality:

NEWSLETTER – In The Spirit – October 2014

Below are the live links to all of the online content referenced in the newsletter:

Spirituality Operationalized: Creative Solutions for Care Plan Interventions

The Impact Act of 2014

The Legislative Lady Blog

Prayer Requests

National Day of Prayer

Prevent a Future Negative Interaction

Permission to Pray – Signature’s Spiritual Freedom

Chaplain Programming – Creative Solutions in the Care Continuum

PHQ-9 Study – Partnership with Clinical Reimbursement

Palliative Care – Partnership with Clinical Team

Referral Revolution – Chaplains, A Market-Based Solution

2014 Chaplain Goals Tied to Outcomes

Share Your Story – Signature Author’s Forum

Elder Chaplain Program

Chaplain Case Studies

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Spirituality Activated: A Solution – Scripture Tool For Clinical Partnerships

Scripture Tool for Clinical Partnerships

Signature Spirituality has created an online tool to provide everyone access to scripture quotations specially selected to apply to all manner of clinical conditions in order to assist in bringing forth real and positive outcomes in the overall health and well-being of those in our care. 

In order to provide a method of utilizing the healing power of scripture in deconstructing suffering and changing outcomes, this special tool was designed to help both the Clinical and the Rehab teams complement their great work to further activate healing in interventions and care plans solving the clinical issues that we face every day.

The eight categories link to almost 100 unique scripture passages that are specifically designed to affect clinical measures like pain management, anxiety and depression, weight loss, psychotropic medication reduction and many others.

The Scripture Tool can be accessed online anywhere in the world and can be found in the Spirituality Pillar section of the Signature corporate website at





“Terezin: A Concentration Camp” by Dianne H. Timmering

Terezin, a former military town and fortress, an hour north of Prague in the Czech Republic, was built during the 18th century when the Austro-Hungarian empire ruled the majestic lands of Bohemia and Moravia, where peaceful moats and sturdy encampments never saw battle until the Nazis found it and decided on its fate.

The Terezin Ghetto, where battalions once lived, where a sleepy town of 7,000 Czechs lived in the 1930s before the Germans conquered the lands, where these civilians were forced to leave, because the Jewish populace of the Czech lands was coming. Terezin, re-designed by the Gestapo as a deportation center for the Jews of Prague and the elderly Jews of Berlin, who were transported there with the hopes of a “spa” like life, to live out their days, protected from war, instead of going into the soul of it. Many elderly paid for what they thought was the opportunity to live there, to be transported, paying the Nazi war purse maximum sums inside the treachery of what they could never have conceived. Worse, it was a place for deportation to Auschwitz and Buchenwald where, of the 155,000 who lived in and/or faced deportation from the Terezin Ghetto, there were only 3,200 known survivors. Toward the end of WWII, Terezin built its own crematorium to extinguish death faster, so that in ash to ash and dust to dust scattered into the molecular world of shriveled seed, a person could no longer exist.

Terezin, a place for the vulnerable to perish under the stomp of treachery, lives stolen, legacies obliterated, invisible to new birth lines of being. A place for children, many orphaned during the war where those few brave adults left to tend them, offered secret lessons with hidden Readers. The children painted and contributed to the world of art, allowed (“allowed” because of a predetermined fate by their captor) to design the horror around them, brutal sufferings of sickness, doing without, staying firm within, tapping into the frail memories of warm homes remembered, and sleigh rides in snow. Their artwork, now preserved and poignant on the walls of the Terezin museum, behind glass, fragile, an easy rip to the touch of a human hand or maybe sturdy, after so much toiled turmoil in the memory of one child 10 years old. No legacy, no bloodline, no being.

Let us then be a legacy for life.

A legacy of life; let us jostle open into newness and fresh awakening that life is worth living. Let us live in our greatness — God’s focused creation in each of us. Let us live for loss

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in past war, even now in bitter feuds centuries old, and the innocence of life that never has a chance.

Still. Seek a new point of awareness. Let us live a legacy of life and maybe the lost won’t be so lost anymore. They will find their way on the shoulder of our breath and in the humanity of memory, in the molecule of new chance, no matter our age, no matter the time, no matter the moment. Your life has started, with every chance still for great purpose. We will always pound out against the walls of time, but don’t let time steal yours.

Life has begun; live, begin, start…Now. Who am I?

Dianne H. Timmering, MBA, MFA, CNA
Vice President of Spirituality and Legislative Affairs
Signature HealthCARE Consulting Services, LLC
Twitter: @Dhtimmering


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.”

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