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Integrating Spirituality In Today’s Healthcare: An Online Conference For Healthcare Professionals Including Providers, Students, & Clergy

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Integrating Spirituality In Today’s Healthcare: An Online Conference For Healthcare Professionals Including Providers, Students, & Clergy

November 10, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

IMPORTANT UPDATE: This conference is virtual ONLY.
Registration cost for the conference is $79.

To Register


Shenandoah University students can attend for free!

Delivering healing and compassionate care for the whole person (body, mind and spirit) remains the primary mission of medicine and health care. Evidence shows there is a profound relationship between a patient’s spiritual life and their experience at the time of illness. Research demonstrates improved patient outcomes when spirituality is incorporated into medical practice, yet addressing spirituality is often neglected. Many health care providers simply do not have the comfort level, specific tools, and skills needed to incorporate spirituality into the hectic pace of modern-day healthcare delivery.

This full day, virtual conference will provide the knowledge, skills and tools for addressing patients’ spiritual needs for best practices in any healthcare setting. Dr. Harold Koenig, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Koenig is one of the most prolific researchers and authors in the Spirituality in Healthcare literature. He will present an overview of the topic and evidence linking spirituality in health. Other topics include: workshops on using spirituality history assessment tools, lessons learned from COVID-19, patient faith traditions, spirituality across the continuum of care, understanding the healthcare professionals’ own spirituality.

The information and skills provided are applicable in a variety of healthcare delivery settings including but not limited to: hospitals, surgery centers, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient services, hospices, private practice settings, home health settings, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, congregations. 

We are very excited about offering this interdisciplinary conference to our university, health system, and surrounding healthcare and clergy communities with the goals being to raise awareness and educate about the importance of spirituality in patient care.

As of Friday, Oct. 1, the Healthcare and Spirituality Conference has been changed to a virtual (Zoom) presentation only. The organizers of the conference will take all COVID-19 safety precautions recommended by Shenandoah University (link) and the CDC for your protection.   

Registration cost for the conference is $79.

Integrating Spirituality In Today’s Healthcare Conference Schedule

This conference is a partnership between Shenandoah University and Valley Health.

Scholarships are available to Valley Health employees. Shenandoah University students can attend for free!

Registration will open in July 2021.

To Register


Shenandoah University students can attend for free!

Panelist Bios

Dr. Harold G. Koenig, RN M.D., M.H.Sc., Duke Health System, Professor

Harold G. Koenig, MD, MHSc.  Dr. Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University.  He is board certified in general psychiatry, and formerly boarded in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and geriatric psychiatry.  He is on the faculty at Duke University Medical Center as Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Medicine.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and is Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan, China.  In addition, he is a Visiting Professor at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Shiraz, Iran.  Dr. Koenig has nearly 550 scientific peer-reviewed academic publications, 100 book chapters, and more than 50 books. His research has been featured on many national and international TV programs (including ABC’s World News Tonight, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz Show, NBC Nightly News) and hundreds of national and international radio programs and newspapers/magazines (including Reader’s Digest, Parade Magazine, Newsweek, Time).  Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (1998) and U.S. House of Representatives (2008) concerning the benefits of religious involvement on public health.   He is the recipient of the 2012 Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the 2013 Gary Collins award from the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is the former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, and is the currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Religion and Health.  Finally, Dr. Koenig is the lead author of the Handbook of Religion and Health, 3rd edition (2021-2022, forthcoming, with professors Tyler VanderWeele (TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University) and John Raymond Peteet (Department of Psychiatry at Harvard).

Bonnie Price, MSN, BSN, RN Valley Health /Winchester Medical Center – Clinical Manager of two Critical Care Units at Winchester Medical Center

Clinical Manager of two Critical Care Units at Winchester Medical Center Bonnie Price is the Clinical Manager of two Critical Care Units at Winchester Medical Center. Bonnie has worked in healthcare at WMC from the young age of seventeen and felt that nursing was her true calling and achieved her goal of becoming a Critical Care Nurse six years ago. Bonnie is committed to her nursing career, servant leadership, and pursuing her education; she will complete her MSN in Nursing Leadership from Grand Canyon University on November 11th and plans to continue her education in Healthcare Administration.

Benjamin Keyes, Ph.D., ED.D., Div. Merey University, Professor/Dir. Of the Center for Traumatic /Resiliency Studies 

Dr. Benjamin Keyes received his Doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1985 from International College and his most recent in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota in 2003. He also has Doctoral Degrees in Theology, Divinity and Ministry. Dr. Keyes has been in private practice for over 35 years and has been a researcher in the area of trauma and dissociation for the last 20 years. Dr. Keyes is a Professor, Director of Training and Internship, and Director for the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies at Divine Mercy University in Arlington, VA. As head of the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies, Dr. Keyes supervises the developing and training of graduate students in First Response and Chronic Trauma. Dr. Keyes is also the Executive Director of The Green Cross Academy for Traumatology which trains professionals and paraprofessionals in all aspects of trauma and care of others, leading to Certification in both field and clinical traumatology.

Rev. Dr..Charles W. Franks, B.A., D.D.  Program Coordinator of Concern Hotline

Rev. Dr. Charly Franks is the Program Coordinator for Concern Hotline, a crisis referral hotline providing compassionate listening for the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Charly is also the pastor of the Clearbrook Presbyterian Church and the Highland Memorial Presbyterian Church (Winchester).

Kathy Tagnesi, MA, BSN,RN

Kathy retired from Winchester Medical Center in 2013 as the Vice President of Patient Care/CNO. She continues to hold a multi-state active RN license.  Currently she is serving as a member of the Valley Health COVID 19 vaccination team.

Rabbi Yishai Dinerman, Chabad Jewish Center

Rabbi Yishai Dinerman was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California. He studied in Yeshivas across America including New York and Los Angeles, as well as a year in London, England. In 2013, Rabbi Dinerman received his Rabbinical Ordination from the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, New Jersey. After visiting Winchester for over two years, Rabbi Dinerman with his wife and family, moved to Winchester in the summer of 2019 to service the Jewish community and help provide an enriching Jewish Life on Campus for the students of Shenandoah University. In his spare time, Rabbi Dinerman enjoys reading and going for long bike rides.

Fr. Steven Vaccaro, Catholic Priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Winchester, VA.

Fr. Stephen Vaccaro was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in June 2017. He is a native of Northern Virginia, attending school in Alexandria. He arrived in Winchester in June 2021 where he serves at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Winchester, VA.. Fr. Vaccaro, along with the other Priests of the parish, serves as a Community Clergy Chaplain at Winchester Medical Center and 9 other Assisted Living facilities spread throughout Frederick County. He considers it a great privilege to follow the words of Jesus Christ: What you did for the least of my brethren, you did for Me.

Bahante Saddhajeewa, Buddhist Monk

Bhante Ethkandawaka Saddhajeewa Thero is Vice Abbot of the Bhavana Society. He received his higher ordination in Sri Lanka. He is a meditation and Dhamma teacher with many years of experience working with youth and young adults as an educator, administrator, psychotherapist and social worker. Bhante Saddhajeewa holds master’s degrees in psychology, sociology and education from universities in the United States and Sri Lanka. In addition, he holds a doctorate from the University of the West in Rosemead, CA with research focus on Mindfulness for substance abuse recovery. He has published eleven books and many articles and was the coordinator for the United Nation’s 2600th year commemoration of the Buddha’s enlightenment.

Amna Omer Sheikh, MD, Valley Health / Winchester Medical Center

Dr. Amna Sheikh got her medical degree from King Edward Medical College in Pakistan. She then moved to the USA for further training and did her residency in internal medicine from Hackensack UMC Mountainside Hospital, Montclair, NJ. After residency she pursued fellowship in neurocritical care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. Currently she is working at Winchester Medical Center, Virginia as a critical care physician. Other than medicine her interests include gardening, crafting, reading and cooking.

Jeff Fletcher, M.Dov. BCC CSD Chaplin, Warren Memorial Hospital

Chaplain Jeff  Fletcher is a member of the Valley Health Chaplaincy Team, serving primarily at Warren Memorial Hospital and Lynn Care Center, Front Royal, Virginia as well as Winchester Medical Center, Page Memorial Hospital and Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.  He has been a staff chaplain at Valley Health for 10 years.  Jeff is currently working on a Doctoral Program in Integrative Chaplaincy at Vanderbilt Divinity School.  He’s a certified spiritual director through The Archdiocesan Spirituality Center of New Orleans, has a Master of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and also serves as pastor of Cool Spring Church in Browntown, VA.  Jeff has over 35 years of pastoral experience as a missionary, lead pastor, spiritual director, pastor’s pastor, hospice and hospital chaplain.  Jeff is a Board-Certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.  Jeff has been married to his wife, Karen for 37 years and together they have eleven children and thirteen grandchildren.  Jeff is also a cancer survivor and is filled with gratitude for the lessons he has learned during treatment and recovery and his powerful hope for the future is a driving force in his life and work.  His capstone project was: THE GIFT OF GRATITUDEHELPING PEOPLE CONNECT WITH SOURCES OF GRATITUDE FOR IMPROVED HEALTH.

Todd Bowman, Director of Children’s Ministry, First Presbyterian Church- Winchester

Todd Bowman has worked in youth and children’s ministry for 15 years and has served as the Director of Children’s Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Winchester for 10 years.  He is a 2006 graduate of Shenandoah University with a B.A. in Religion with a Christian Leadership Certificate.  He also holds undergraduate degrees from SU in Sociology and Administration of Justice.  Todd is married to Amy Peters Bowman and they have two children.

Elizabeth Lewis, BS. Med, M Div., BCC Chaplain, Shenandoah University Westminster Canterbury 

Elizabeth Lewis is one of two full-time chaplains at a continuous care retirement community offering pastoral care to 380 residents, 350 employees and family members.  The chaplains do weekly bible studies, prayer services, Sunday and all holy day worship services as well as Thanksgiving and July 4th.  They also  conduct 1:1 visits, hospital visits and are on-call 24/7 for transfers to ER and deaths.  The chaplains conduct funerals, memorial services, and weddings.  They chair the Ethics Committee and the Employee Emergency Fund Committee and serve on the Interdisciplinary Team.  

Rev. Ken Patrick, M Div.Chaplain, Blue Ridge Hospice 

Rev. Ken Patrick is a full-time Chaplain at Blue Ridge Hospice, Winchester, Virginia.   He provides spiritual support for hospice patients and families on the journey to the end of life, including also Inter-disciplinary Teams and an Inpatient Care Center. He serves as a spiritual guide and director in the community, as well as leading spiritual retreats and workshops.

Rev. Ken Patrick also provides spiritual and emotional support to patients, families, residents and staff in acute care, inpatient behavioral health and long-term care settings.  He oversees volunteer chaplaincy program in rural critical care facilities.

Kyle Feldman, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT – Reshape Physical Therapy;Director of Physical  Therapy
Susana Calley, LCSW

Susana Calley, LCSW is the Manager of Patient and Family Services for Blue Ridge Hospice. For the past 12 years, Susana has worked as a medical social worker and most recently as a grief support counselor at Blue Ridge Hospice.

Susana Calley received her BA in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Virginia and her Masters in Social Work (M.S.W.) from Syracuse University. 

For the past 35 years, Susana has worked with non-profit and education organizations in multiple capacities, teaching, program development, fundraising, marketing and public relations. Among the organizations she has supported are INMED, Loudoun County Abused Women’s Shelter, Loudoun Homegrown Farmers Market Association, Foxcroft School, and Middleburg Montessori School. She is a graduate of Leadership Loudoun and a founding and past board member of the Middleburg Community Charter School. As a hospice social worker and grief support counselor, Susana has worked with people of many faiths and cultures – companioning people through moments of crisis or change. In the hospice setting, these changes revolve around receiving a terminal diagnosis, the struggle of living with a life-limiting illness, planning end-of-life-care, grief and loss. As a licensed clinical social worker, Susana has a private psychotherapy practice in Middleburg, VA where she helps individuals navigate change, seek solutions and move through present challenges, whether they be grief, loss or other stressors. 

Leigh Jenks, MMT, MT-BC

Leigh E. Jenks, MMT, MT-BC has over 19 years of experience as a board certified music therapist. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music Therapy degrees at Shenandoah University. After becoming Board-Certified, she started the music therapy program at Blue Ridge Hospice where she currently works as a music therapist. Her duties include direct patient service and case management, work in the bereavement department with co-facilitation of school groups, adult and child support groups, kids grief camp, public relations to expand services to the community, as well as staff support. Leigh also works at Shenandoah University as Adjunct Music Therapy faculty, teaching practicum seminar, supervising students in a medical setting and coordinating the internship program. She also has a Certificate in End-of-Life-Care Music Therapy from the Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy Institute and has been a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery (given five years of training) practicing Guided Imagery and Music for over eight years. She is owner of Awakened Potential, LLC that uses the Helen Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). She uses this modality to assist with relationships, life changes, health challenges, grief and loss, stress, fatigue/burnout, depression, anxiety, reduction of the effects of trauma, spirituality, and enhancement of creativity.

CME Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Medical Society of Virginia.  The Winchester Medical Center’s CME Program is accredited byThe Medical Society of Virginia to provide continuing medical education for physicians and designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Religion, Spirituality, and Health: Research and Applications5 hours (0.15 CEU) UAN: 0101-0000-21-014-L04-P
Applying Spiritual Assessment Tools in Practice25 hours (0.125 CEU) UAN: 0101-0000-21-015-L04-P
Crisis Hits a Community: COVID-19 Panel 1 hour (0.1 CEU) UAN: 0101-0000-21-012-L04-P
Different Faiths: What a Health Care Professional Needs to Know 1 hour (0.1 CEU) UAN: 0101-0000-21-013-L04-P
Spirituality Across the Lifespan (Continuum of Care) 1 hour (0.1 CEU) UAN: 0101-0000-21-017-L04-P
Integrating Spirituality in Today’s Healthcare: Self-care Panel 1 hour (0.1 CEU) UAN: 0101-0000-21-016-L04-P


Methodist Clergy.9 CEUs

The United Methodist Church has agreed to give .9 CEUs for our United Methodist Clergy for this conference.  Other clergy attending can determine if this is acceptable to their denomination.


The provider of this educational event has designed the program so that it may be considered by participants for use as continuing education to enhance he professional knowledge and pastoral competency of chaplains certified through the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc., an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Nursing – CEs 7.5 

Valley Health Professional Development is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This program has been awarded 7.5 contact hours.



In partnership with Valley Health

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Contact SUspirituality@su.edu for questions about the conference. 


November 10, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Ferrari Room, Brandt Student Center
Winchester, VA 22601 United States
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