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San Joaquin Community Hospital Present the Faith and Healing Symposium with Dr. Harold Koenig


On Sunday, Nov. 14, San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) is proud to present the first-ever Faith and Healing Symposium, a one-day conference designed to help healthcare workers and caregivers discover the link between spirituality and healing.

The symposium, which lasts from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton (5101 California Ave.), is highlighted by keynote presenter Dr. Harold Koenig, director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University; and author of multiple books including Spirituality in Patient Care. Dr. Koenig’s research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on dozens of national and international TV news programs, including ABC’s World News Tonight, The Today Show and Good Morning America; and hundreds of newspapers and magazines including Reader's Digest, Parade Magazine, Newsweek, Time, and Guidepost. Having given testimony before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on public health, Dr. Koenig has an unmatched passion for helping medical caregivers provide whole-person care to their patients.

“Because many patients have spiritual needs, spiritual conflicts, or derive comfort from religious beliefs and traditions, learning to respect the power of those beliefs and utilize them to speed the patient’s healing and recovery of wholeness should be a priority for modern medicine and healthcare.”

Other presenters for the symposium include Reverend Sue Wintz, past president of the Association of Professional Chaplains; Bruce Nelson, director of Community Services and Chaplains at Glendale Adventist Medical Center; and Sandy Johnson, SJCH executive director of Mission and Service.

In 2008, Johnson collaborated with the leadership team at SJCH to create “Sacred Work,” an intentional culture-shift focused on empowering hospital staff to treat every patient, guest and co-worker as a member of their own family. In the past two years, Sacred Work at SJCH has thrived, as illustrated by increased employee satisfaction scores and positive patient response. For Johnson, the natural progression was to create an opportunity for caregivers throughout the community to learn about the connection between faith and healing.

“This one-day workshop is designed for physicians, nurses, clinicians, allied health providers – everyone who cares for the ill and distressed in our community. Through dynamic and inspiring presentations, all those who attend will learn how to positively impact their patients mentally, emotionally and spiritually,” Johnson said.

Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education Units are available to physicians and nurses. The event, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch, costs $35. If you have further questions, please call SJCH at (661) 869-6628.