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Celebrating Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care Day
Online Events
Oct 28
Online Event
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10:00 AM -12:00 AM

Celebrating Spiritual Care Collaborative Healthcare: Reflecting Resilience in the Age of COVID-19

October 28, 2020 Live Web Event 10:00 am - Noon


What We Have Learned Clinically and Personally During our Journey through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presented by:

Marci Moore-Connelley, MD, MBA System Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice-President for Southern Illinois Healthcare

Jennifer Harre, MSN, RN System Chief Nursing Officer and Vice-President for Southern Illinois Healthcare

Tips for Managing Reactions and Anxiety Related to the Unfolding News of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presented by:

Sherrie Harlow, MSW, LCSW Director of Behavioral and Mental Health Services for Southern Illinois Healthcare

Spiritual Care Experiences and Perspectives during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presented by:

Reverend Barbara Patten, M.Div., BCC Chaplain, Southern Illinois Healthcare Cancer Institute

Reverend Sherry Black, M.Div., BCC Chaplain and Manager of Spiritual Care, Herrin Hospital

Our Speakers:

Marci Moore-Connelly, MD, MBA is the System Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice-President for Southern Illinois Healthcare. Her career began as a leader in academic medicine with over a decade leading educational, quality, and operational initiatives in SIU clinics and SIH hospitals. She received her medical degree with honors from the University of Illinois, and then went on to complete a residency in family medicine at Southern Illinois University where she also served as chief resident. During her time at SIH, she earned a physician executive MBA at the University of Tennessee PEMBA program in 2017. Dr. Moore-Connelley has been leading the charge for SIH during the COVID-19 pandemic as the Incident Commander in collaboration with Jennifer Harre, Chief Nursing Executive and Bart Millstead, Chief Operating Officer. A dedicated team of leaders from across the system has been working tirelessly as part of Incident Command for COVID-19 to provide the best recommendations during this changing time for patients, employees and the community.

Jennifer Harre MSN, RN is the System Chief Nursing Officer and Vice-President for Southern Illinois Healthcare. Her nursing background is in critical care. She has held various leadership positions over the past 15 years. She received her nursing degree from Morehead State University and then completed her Masters in Nursing Administration from McKendree University in 2013. Since March of this year, Jennifer has been helping to lead SIH during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the Incident Command team.

Sherrie Harlow, MSW, LCSW is the Director of Behavioral and Mental Health Services at Southern Illinois Healthcare. Sherrie has over two decades of experience in administration and the social work and counseling field. She has practiced in both public and private sectors with children, families, and adults. Before coming to SIH, Sherrie directed a $4.5 million grant program funded by the Department of Children and Family Services that served 84 counties in Illinois, housed at Southern Illinois University. Sherrie holds two degrees from SIU, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She is an Adjunct Professor, is pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Education, and is currently ABD.

Reverend Barbara Patten, M.Div., BCC is an ordained United Church of Christ clergy and member of Good Shepherd UCC Church of Carbondale. She completed a two-year residency of clinical pastoral education at Barnes Jewish Hospital. Barb qualified for Board Certified Chaplain in 1999 and provided Spiritual Care services in two healthcare systems prior to accepting her present position of Chaplain for the SIH Cancer Institute. Her annual continuing education for board certification has included Palliative Medicine, Catholic Ethical and Religious Directives, End of Life and Transitional Care, and Staff Support and Engagement. Chaplain Barbara completed the SIH Leadership Academy. She facilitates a wellness class called Healing through Art for SIH staff, empowering co-workers to engage in the healing vision of SIH.

The Very Reverend Sheryl “Sherry” Black, M.Div., BCC is a second career Episcopal Priest, ordained in 2008. She has served as a full-time hospital chaplain at Herrin Hospital for 9-1/2 years and is President Elect to the (national) Assembly of Episcopal Healthcare Chaplains. Sherry also serves as Priest-in-Charge of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in West Frankfort. Chaplain Sherry earned her BA in Organizational Leadership from Greenville University before pursuing her Masters of Divinity at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Subsequently she completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education, a prerequisite for attaining Board Certification (BCC) in 2015. She loves serving the staff and patients at Herrin Hospital by being a voice for spiritual care and prayer.

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