Webinar: First Responder Chaplain connects hospital & community services

Sep 13, 2017 | Community Health, population health, Stakeholder Health Stories, Stakeholder Health webinar | 2 comments


Join Rev. Glenn Davis and Sheriff William Schatzman. Gary Gunderson will host

Wednesday, October 11

12 noon Eastern Time

Register HERE!

What happens when you truly connect the work of a health system with that of first responders in the community? This is the question being tested at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics and others are often on the frontline of community crises. But they are also on the frontline of helping a community’s most vulnerable and those of greatest health risk—the same people who often show up in the emergency department.

Learn about this collaboration between the health system and the area’s first responder community that has already resulted in some innovative efforts, such as having on scene chaplaincy support for trauma-related calls, group debriefings for impacted first responders, law enforcement presence at photo ID drives for undocumented people and coordinated service for homeless people.


Rev. Glenn Davis

Glenn Davis is a Baptist minister and a graduate of College of Charleston (BS) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Prior to joining FaithHealth as Chaplain for Community Crisis Response, Glenn served 27 years as the full-time Chaplain for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office where he provided staff support and crisis intervention for law enforcement and other first responders as well as survivor-victims of crime and other trauma. Glenn considers the extended first responder family to be its own “parish” without walls and the families of our first responders to be the forgotten victims of vicarious trauma and critical incident stress. An unmarked car, police radio, and cell phone make his position highly mobile and challenging as he is on-call and “in the trenches,” responding as needed to the scene…workplaces, homes, churches and hospitals. He has delivered hundreds of traumatic messages and responded locally and regionally to countless critical incidents and disasters.

Glenn now supervises the First Responder Chaplaincy Program, a hospital-based, community-focused model of chaplaincy implemented with the support of the Sheriff’s Office and WFBMC. The program’s goals, in addition to expanding chaplaincy services for First Responders and their families in Forsyth County and the surrounding region, include networking with other chaplains and enhancing the crisis response skills of local clergy so that they can be of assistance in the aftermath of traumatic events.

He has led workshops on wellness, community crisis response, critical incident stress management, death notification and traumatic grief for many groups, including the International Conference of Police Chaplains, school counselors, NC Victim Assistance Network, disaster relief personnel, law enforcement agencies, other hospital chaplains, Motor Sports/NASCAR chaplains, hospices, and ministerial associations.


Sheriff William T. Schatzman

Sheriff William T. “Bill” Schatzman was first elected sheriff of Forsyth County, North Carolina, in 2002, and is serving in his fourth elected term. His law enforcement career began in 1970 when FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover hired him as Special Agent. During his service with the FBI, the sheriff investigated violations of federal law to include foreign espionage matters. As a senior agent and manager, he trained and supervised other special agents in all aspects of FBI work. He was the FBI Police Training Coordinator for North Carolina directing FBI training of local law enforcement.

As an FBI Agent, the Schatzman received numerous personal awards and commendations, including recognition for solving bank robberies, supervising undercover drug operations directed at organized crime, breaking white collar crime cases, and organizing and directing joint task force operations using local law enforcement. He retired from the FBI in 1994 and founded Schatzman & Associates (S&A) to assist corporate clients manage risk by ensuring product and personnel security.

Sheriff Schatzman has been and is active in Forsyth County and throughout North Carolina serving on numerous boards and commissions. He is a member of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA) and sits on the NCSA Legislative Committee that works with the North Carolina Legislature on matters affecting the NCSA and law enforcement. He represents the NCSA on North Carolina State Emergency Response Committee (NCSERC) and the Governing Board of the North Carolina Law Enforcement Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NCISAAC). He is the NCSA representative on the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Advisory Board which supports law enforcement in North Carolina.

Sheriff Schatzman graduated from Quinnipiac University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He served his country as a United States Marine from 1963 to 1966.

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  1. Daniel Sierra

    I would like to join in on this webinar.


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