Hinsdale – Adventist Midwest Health is well known for offering quality spiritual care to patients and employees. This reputation has been strengthened with the recent full accreditation from the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Granted in April, the accreditation was four years in the making and included a two-day site visit from the ACPE national accreditation team.
The accreditation means Adventist Midwest Health is now recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national CPE training site. It builds upon the family practice residencies at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial hospitals, adding another teaching component to Adventist Midwest Health, according to John Rapp, Adventist Midwest Health’s regional vice president, ministries and mission.
“CPE accreditation is the gold standard for clinical pastoral education training programs in health care. And while it’s typical for one hospital to earn this status, it is unusual for a region of four hospitals to become accredited CPE training sites,” Rapp said. “We could not have accomplished this without the dedication of our pastoral care staff and the support of our administration.”
An interfaith professional education for ministry in a health care setting, the program brings theological students and ministers of all faith traditions together for education courses that include supervised encounters of bedside visits with patients in the hospital setting. With intense involvement and insight from peers and teachers, students develop a deeper understanding of those who are in need and how best to offer spiritual care in a healthcare environment.
For Colleen Narbone, a chaplain at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital who has completed two CPE units, the program gave her the opportunity to learn more about herself.
“Learning from my peers and mentors allowed me to reflect upon my ministry in a way I wouldn’t have otherwise,” Narbone said. “It made me a better chaplain.”
A total of 33 students have been part of Adventist Midwest Health’s CPE program since it started in 2007. The program is housed at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and coordinated by a CPE-certified supervisor.
“Very few hospitals and health systems reach this pinnacle of competence, which once again validates the excellence of our spiritual support team,” said David L. Crane, president and chief executive officer of Adventist Midwest Health. “Congratulations to John Rapp and his dedicated team for this milestone achievement.”
Adventist Midwest Health’s CPE center offers programs for Level I and Level II students and offers a variety of clinical placements, including an emphasis in crisis ministry, intensive and neurological care, oncology, cardiology, women and children’s services and surgical services. Applications are accepted anytime, but students must complete each level in sequence before moving to the next level. Persons of all faith groups are welcome to apply.
“Adventist Midwest Health’s CPE center has a bright future,” said Tricia Treft, manager of pastoral care at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and chairwoman of the Adventist Midwest Health CPE center’s representative professional advisory group. “We are blessed to have dedicated students, supportive staff and a strong mission.”
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org; 630-856-0354