Signature HealthCARE (SHC)Â of Brookwood Gardens participatedÂ in a coordinated prayer eventÂ on Thursday, May 5, joining millionsÂ of other Americans to recognizeÂ what has been designated asÂ the National Day of Prayer.Â The prayer day event coincidedÂ with a celebration of El Cinco deMayo, complete with a MariachiÂ band performance.
SHC of Brookwood Gardens isÂ one of 72 nursing communities inÂ seven states operated byÂ Louisville, Ky.-based SignatureÂ HealthCARE. On Thursday, eachÂ building held a prayer, someÂ releasing biodegradable balloonsÂ or carrying out other symbolicÂ acts. An event at Signature’sÂ Louisville headquarters was transmittedÂ via live webcast.Â “It’s a big honor for me to leadÂ a company with a focus on interfaithÂ spirituality,” said SignatureÂ President and CEO E. JosephÂ Steier, III. “We never want toÂ push any kind of religion on ourÂ employees. We just want to giveÂ them time for themselves, to worshipÂ as they believe and have timeÂ for rlection.”
For Signature, the event highlightedÂ a key part of the company’s mission, which embracesÂ spirituality in all forms, faiths,Â cultures and traditions. The synchronized event was carried outÂ under the theme of ‘EndlessÂ Hope,’ in an effort to remind participants of the challenges’ theyÂ face and bind them together asÂ group. Residents were also welcomedÂ to participate.”Perhaps most precious to ourÂ people is the collective power ofÂ prayer,” said Dianrte Timmerin!Â Vice President of Spirituality forÂ Signature. “It is most simply to loveÂ one another, in the trenches of someone’sÂ life When brokenness needs theÂ hope of someone else, where faithÂ is sewn into the distresses of others, where the bounty of prayerÂ begins the healing of one, for theÂ healing of us all.”
A week prior to the event, theÂ White House released PresidentÂ Barack Obama’s PresidentialÂ Proclamation marking the 60thÂ annual observance of the NationÂ Day of Prayer. In the proclamation,Â the President says,Â “Throughout our history,Â Americans have turned to prayerÂ for strength, inspiration, and solidarity. Prayer has played anÂ important role in the AmericanÂ story and in shaping our Nation’sÂ leaders.”