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“Why Louisville Is So Great” …. By Dianne H. Timmering

May 4th, 2016 by Stephen Bowling

The interoperability of Louisville—a boast for best city for jobs and the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts: We are a full-bodied movement—restaurants, life quality, home uniqueness, neighborhood simplicity, city art, brilliant theatre, healthcare metropolis, UPS hub to the world, and 16,000 job openings … good ones.

Another reason why Kentucky boasts Louisville as one of the best U.S. cities for jobs is our cultural “reachings”, our budding artistry ….

Recently, I went to a most unexpected glorious celebration of the human element—one of triumph and dedication, one depicting the loneliness of an artist in their creation of the soul, knowing they could bend and create something out of a material that was never meant for or discovered for such a thing as a “wearable.” The art of the heart was worth the suffering to get from the soul and into the crafted pleat of a skirt, the still of a sleeve, the lift of a collar, the bead of a shoe. But these were no ordinary sleeves, or skirts, ruffles or shoes.

This was #KMAC Couture 2015—the night sponsored by the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, a title not worthy enough for the display of creative freedom that I witnessed as art lived in the embodiment of the dress, the construction of materials that were never meant to glide along the mellifluous elegance of the human curve or press into the sensuous skin.

The audience was us, the women of Louisville (and a few brave and stylish men). The “us” was gorgeous, clad in the clash of white, the din of expectation, a sea of lightness, airy like we were a pillowed cloud and whatever was coming through the curtain was going to float.

And float it did. The show started; it was a fashion show unlike any I had seen before.

Angst was in the tulle, hope in the sleeveless, bare of the vulnerable arm. Every cloak had a story, every piece a design the eye simply couldn’t get enough of. Details as exquisite in the front as they were in the back. Art from such unexpected mediums worn because they could be. Art reflected in the embodiment of the dress. The greatest expression of self.

The art of canvas, the harshness and lack of dexterity in the material and yet with truffles and waves molded into an elegance that became a most decorous evening gown; one that would find the party in the evening and could possibly dismantle into enough of a tent that if a young hangover got old, warmth and forbearance could be found in the heat of the bundle.

A gown made of broken teacups, time owned in a past era interwoven, sitting on the ledge of fabric, like they might on the edge of a cupboard shelf, but polished, vibrant and used.

Elegant beauty reminiscent of the 17th century English dress made out of duct tape. A Cinderella gown made of mini-marathon medal ribbons, of no value except to the individual who flees through 13.2 miles, but collectively make an invaluable moment.

A skirt made of matches.

A ball gown of mop heads, plucked from cores, flipped, dismantled, dyed into elegant threads along the husk of cardboard which carried the slight frame of the model, whisking her down the dusty path, a shine of elegance, its full skirt never forgetting where it came from and where it was going.

Centuries of style replete in silent materials of the day to day but repositioned to power up this glorious night in the city of many jobs and endless hope.

Every piece with worth, the eye of appeal. And then it was over and I knew I had seen more than a fashion show, but an exhibit of artistry that moved, flowed and flourished down the path of must. Because an artist, for we all are in our own capacity of depth, must be, or an artist dies. We must try, even if the piece fails because there is peace in the piece of attempt and then we try again. And that is good.

We are a city capturing the artistry of self where one can be unbridled in the brilliance of simply being.

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

Louisville Innovation Summit October 14-15, 2015

December 23rd, 2015 by Stephen Bowling

The Louisville Innovation Summit was held on October 14 and 15, 2015 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in downtown Louisville. Dianne was one of the panelists for one of the “Aging With Vitality” segments entitled “Compassion As Innovation In Healthcare Delivery”. Below are details of the event with highlighted quotes from Dianne as well as pictures from the event. Panelists: Dianne Timmering (Signature HealthCARE) James Doty (Stanford University) Joseph D’Ambrosio (The Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging; University of Louisville, School of Medicine) Description: This is the era of disruption for the aging! What is now, what is possible. Never old-growing, perfecting living. Quotes from Dianne from Summit panel on Compassion Operationalized! “Compassion is specific. We at SHC have activated, operationalized the intention of compassion.”  “Compassion is an instinct.”  “I know an organization’s compassionate when talent approaches, specifically because they’re allowed to practice compassion.” “Don’t assume compassion is a one-way action.” “What do you think about asking for compassion?”  “Compassion is already there. It just needs to be unleashed.”  “Compassion is not altruism. It’s the point of listening, of touch. It’s very specific.”  “The center of pain and suffering isn’t solved with meds but compassion. It’s how our species will survive.”  “Compassion is the power of intention.”

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CNA Appreciation Week Video

July 22nd, 2014 by Stephen Bowling

Below is the complete footage from the CNA Appreciation Week video:

Meetings On Capitol Hill – June 25 and 26, 2014

July 10th, 2014 by Stephen Bowling

Joe Steier, Dianne Timmering and Kathy Gallin attended a meeting with the American Health Care Association on June 25th and 26th, discussing so many of the issues that we as providers are watching unfold- i.e. bundled payments, site neutrality, Medicaid Managed Care, etc.

Read the whole story on Kathy Gallin’s ‘Legislative Lady’ blog:


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

May 1st, 2014 by Stephen Bowling

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


2014 Oates Institute Presentation – “Spirituality – The New Elixir In The Care Continuum”

March 28th, 2014 by Stephen Bowling

XX In Health Retreat DC – June 2, 2013 in Washington, DC

May 29th, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

Dianne Timmering will be attending this year’s XX in Health Retreat in Washington DC this year.

The XX Retreat is distinct form other conferences in that it is participatory — it represents an opportunity to be open and honest about how women’s personal and professional lives interact.

The event is sponsored by Rock Health and will take place at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington DC on Sunday June 2nd from 10:30 AM until 5:30 pm.

More information concerning the event can be found on the Conference’s website.


Speaking Event – Okolona Business Association – 7:00 AM, May 30, 2013

May 29th, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

Dianne Timmering will be speaking at the Okolona Business Association Breakfast Meeting on Thursday morning, May 30, 29013 at 7:00 AM at the Okolona Fire Department, located at 8501 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY 40219.

Dianne will be introducing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who is the keynote speaker for the event, as well as on Signature HealthCARE and its Department of Spirituality, which she cofounded, created and built into one of the largest for-profit, multi-faith Departments of Spirituality in the nation.

The event is to be held in the upstairs Event Hall and is free and open to the public.


Our 2nd Annual Interfaith National Day Of Prayer After Almost A Decade From Our Earliest Beginnings: What We Have Learned

May 15th, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

Our 2nd annual Interfaith National Day of Prayer after almost a decade from our earliest beginnings: What we have learned

by Dianne Timmering

The National Day of Prayer on May 2, 2013, our 2nd annual Inter-faith prayer day, was about the faith of a mustard seed; like the tight center of a wheel, we were the spokes of faith.

As we built the Spirituality Pillar, we began to uncover the power of the listening ear, the lending of compassion toward the empathy of the ailment and the simpleness of time to mend a suffering heart.

Prayer or a good game of checkers could heal we discovered; after all it was about time and the bravery of kindness. Prayer and the Spirit were about the essence of unconditional love we found even in the unavoidable imperfections of our existence.

We have learned it is about celebrating the dignity and beauty of faith traditions long established, the abolition of assumption; it is about the ancient roots of “crying out” like David in the Psalms for something bigger than the self; it is about the breaking off of caged conceptions and the pressing into new wisdom; it is about the outpouring of love . . . just love because that is what God is.

We found that the sanctity of respect could bring different faith traditions together – not watered down or diminished, but thriving in who we are as peoples, with boldness and a shine for the world; a world with no need for strife, but for dialogue, collaboration and a willingness to hear one another. It is in this secret beauty of one voice that is perhaps the best language of love.

And finally, maybe this national day of prayer, a government ordained moment, a heritage of our nation almost 240 years old saw the merging of public/government works, business innovation and spiritual pursuits, not just in service and works but as three points of integration to establish thriving communities in our city, prolific job opportunities, and domestic tranquility and justice for all.

And we welcomed our honored guests from numerous faith traditions—Baptist, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, Catholic, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Bahai, Unitarian, and Native American-Sioux.

And we were one voice crying out for many in need of hope. A theme began to emerge as the power of the divine sang love and healing in magnificent harmony. Tradition made us beautifully different. Love made us the same.

We were souls praying with one voice. And we shared moments of faith and the culture of the beautiful and all were welcome.

Dianne Timmering, EMBA, MFA, CNA
Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

For full news coverage of the event, including a video interview with Dianne, please visit the Courier Journal’s website.

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Spirituality In The Workplace Discussion with Joe Steier and Dianne Timmering – April 19, 2013 at 12:00 Noon

April 8th, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

Our next Spirituality in the Workplace lunch is set for Friday, April 19th 2013, starting promptly at noon, at our Home Office at 12201 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY, 40299.

We are pleased that CEO Joe Steier and Vice-President of Spirituality Dianne Timmering will lead the discussion on building and sustaining the concept of spirituality as a core
competitive advantage in a for-profit environment of the business world of 2013.

All are welcome, but for planning purposes, reservations are requested for the event and may be made by emailing Stephen Bowling at

All attendees may feel free to come by any time after 11:30 AM on the day of the event, this will provide an opportunity to get to know some of the other attendees.