Dr. David Simmons

David Simmons, DMin, BCC

Professor of Hospice & Palliative Care
End-of-Life Care Specialist
International Experience: USA

Education

  • Doctor of Ministry, Pastoral Skills, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA
  • Masters of Health Administration (in progress), Penn State University, Harrisburg, PA
  • Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX 
  • Bachelor of Science, English Education, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA  

Doctoral Dissertation 

  • The Pastor's Personal Friendships : Conflicts, Boundaries, and Benefits

Additional Training

  • Clinical Pastoral Education, 4 units (1600+ hours), Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA 

Professional Licenses / Certification

  • Board Certified Chaplain

Teaching Specializations

  • Hospice Care Ministry
  • Palliative (End-of-life) Care Ministry
  • Pastoral Care in Adult Trauma Incidents
  • Pastoral Care in Geriatric Trauma Victims
  • Pastoral Care in Orthopedic, Heart & Medical Intensive Care Units

Academic Experiences

  • Facilitator. Spirituality, Reflective Rounds for Third Year Medical Students, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
  • Spirituality and End of Life Care. Island IV MCLKS 704: Improving Health Care; 3rd Year Medical Students, Penn State College of Medicine. Hershey, PA
  • Spiritual Realities at End of Life. Death & Dying Nursing Course, Penn State School of Nursing. Hershey, PA
  • Spirituality and Health. HMN 713: Medical Humanities; 1st Year Medical Students, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
  • Pastoral Care and Trauma. Chaplain Interns and Residents Orientation (3x annually), Clinical Pastoral Education. Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Pastoral Care and End of Life Ministry. Chaplaincy Interns, Clinical Pastoral Education. Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
  • Hershey, PA Intimacy and Differentiation in Pastoral Care. Chaplaincy Residents, Clinical Pastoral Education. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Chaplain, Palliative Care and Trauma, Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Health, Hershey, PA
  • Pastor, Locust Lane Chapel, Harrisburg, PA
  • Associate Chaplain, Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA
  • Chaplain Resident, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA  
  • Senior Pastor, Temple Baptist Church, Newport News, VA
  • Associate Pastor, Education & Youth, Temple Baptist, Newport News, VA
  • Associate Pastor, Youth, Colonial Baptist Church, Dallas, TX
  • Associate Pastor, Youth, Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA
  • Associate Pastor, Youth, Brook Hollow Baptist Church, DeSoto, TX

Research Projects & Publications

  • His April Winter (Essay), Wild Onions, a Department of Humanities Publication May 2016. Penn State College of Medicine. Hershey, PA
  • Poster Presentation, “Spiritual Care to Stoic Men: The Pathway to Vulnerability.” 2016. Association of Professional Chaplains Annual Conference. Orlando, FL
  • Poster Presentation, “The Importance of Spiritual Care: How Spiritual Assessment Saved an Elderly Woman with Delirium.” Coauthored with Amy Westcott, MD, Meghan Lembeck, MD, and Erica Smeltz, CRNP. May 2015. American Geriatrics Society. National Harbor, MD
  • Doctoral Thesis Project, The Pastor’s Friendships: Conflicts, Boundaries, and Benefits. 2014. Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. S. Hamilton, MA
  • Pathway Research Project, “Spiritual Care to Stoic Men: The Pathway to Vulnerability.” 2012. Clinical Pastoral Education, Department of Pastoral Care, Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA

Professional Activities

  • Pediatric Trauma Case Review, Member 2015-present. Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Hershey, PA
  • Adult Trauma Mortality and Morbidity Case Review 2016. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Pastoral Care Representative, Pediatric Trauma Site Survey, Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation 2016. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Pastoral Care Representative, Adult Trauma Site Survey, Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation 2013, 2015. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Palliative Care Committee, Member 2012-present. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Trauma Operations Committee, Member 2012-present. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Highmark Family Meeting Committee, Member2013-2014. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Trauma Patient Identification Quality Improvement Initiative, Member 2013-2014. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Family Presence in Pediatric Resuscitation, Member 2013-2014. Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Hershey, PA
  • Board of Directors, Member and Treasurer 2009-2011. The Lighthouse Ministry for Women. Harrisburg, PA
  • Administration Committee, Member 2005-2006. Peninsula Baptist Association. Hampton, VA Committee on Churches in Urban Centers, Member 1998-2000. Baptist General Association of Virginia. Richmond, VA
  • Baptist Student Union, President 1992-1993. Liberty University. Lynchburg, VA

Presentations

  • “In a Blaze of Glory: Fighting the Good Fight When Patients Want it All.” (Co-presenter). Swartz Rounds March 1, 2016. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Spirituality and Communication in Palliative Care. Palliative Care Nursing Course Presented biannually, 2015 to present.
  • Spiritual Care to the Dying. Palliative Care Volunteer Training Spring 2014, 2015, 2016. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • The Role of the Chaplain in Caring for Stroke Emergency Response Fall, 2015, Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Chaplaincy and Trauma Care. Trauma Operations Committee Presentation December 15, 2015, Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • POLST Integration with Geriatric Trauma Patients. (Co-presenter). Trauma Operations Committee July 15, 2014. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • “Oh no, I’ve said too much.” (Co-presenter). Swartz Rounds July 1, 2014. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Donation after Cardiac Death in the OR. (Spiritual Care Panelist). Department of Surgery June 26, 2014. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • The Chaplain Role in Trauma Care. Trauma Boot Camp for Medical Interns June 25, 2014. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA Presented annually, 2012-present
  • Chaplaincy’s Contribution to the Patient’s Plan of Care. (Co-presenter). Social Work Lunch and Learn March 5, 2014. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Chaplaincy’s Contribution to the Patient’s Plan of Care. (Co-presenter). Internal Medicine Grand Rounds February 11, 2014. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Palliative Care to Trauma Patients. Trauma & Emergency General Surgery Teams December 18, 2013. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Spiritual Care and Trauma. Trauma Nurse Course Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA Presented annually, 2011-present
  • Do You Hear What I Hear? (Co-presenter). Schwartz Rounds December 6, 2011. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Service of Remembrance. Worship Leader Rotating leader for monthly memorial service. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Memorial Services. Worship Leader for memorial services for hospital employees and patients. 2011 to present. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA

Chaplaincy Projects

  • Spiritual Distress Screening Tool for Palliative Care Providers, Palliative Care Team 2016. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Family Presence in Pediatric Traumas: The Chaplain as Family Presence Facilitator 2014-present. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Development of Palliative Care Rotation and Education for CPE Residents 2013-present. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Development of Trauma/On Call Training Program for CPE Interns and Residents 2013- present. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Integration of POLST in Patient Care for Geriatric Trauma Patients 2014. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Automatic Palliative Care Consults for Geriatric Trauma Patients with C-Spine Injuries 2014. Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hershey, PA
  • Development of Computer Training Manual and Instruction for CPE Interns and Residents 2013-2014. Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Department of Pastoral Care. Hershey, PA
  • Development of Policies and Procedures for Chaplaincy Response to Level 1 and 2 Traumas 2013-2014. Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Department of Pastoral Care. Hershey, PA
  • Development of Pastoral Care Follow Up System (Staff education and policy development) 2012. Holy Spirit Hospital. Camp Hill, PA

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Professional Chaplains
  • Pennsylvania Society of Chaplains