Multidimensional Care from Mary Washington Healthcare
The mission of the Mary Washington Healthcare Department of Pastoral Care
is to facilitate and enhance the spiritual dimension of healing for all
patients, families and staff at Mary Washington Hospital and at Stafford
Hospital. Our mission is accomplished through a dedication to clinically
competent pastoral visitation, spiritual assessment and the delivery of
multidimensional pastoral care.
The Mission of the Department of Pastoral Care of Mary Washington Healthcare
The Department of Pastoral Care of Mary Washington Healthcare functions
as a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team. Its mission is to
provide quality-driven, clinically-competent pastoral care to patients,
families and staff. The Department coordinates pastoral services twenty-four
hours per day, seven days per week.
Chaplains are available to:
- Provide direct religious/spiritual/pastoral services to the patients and
- Coordinate specific spiritual services and rituals with patients’
local community clergy
- Facilitate the patient’s right to have access to spiritual and pastoral services
We participate with other departments of the hospital in working with cultural
issues, patient satisfaction, patient and family centered care and patient safety.
The Pastoral Care Team
The Department of Pastoral Care is comprised of Staff Chaplains and Clinical
Pastoral Education students (interns and residents). All operate under
the auspices of hospital, department and HR policies. Each duly authorized
chaplain in the Department of Pastoral Care has met department standards
and undergone extensive orientation. Hospital chaplains wear a Mary Washington
Healthcare employee badge and a white coat with the Department’s
identification on the pocket.
There are Chapels at both Mary Washington Hospital and at Stafford Hospital.
These are open to the public and are readily accessible.
Clinical Pastoral Education Program
The Department of Pastoral Care offers ACPE Accredited Clinical Pastoral
Education. Our CPE program is accredited by the Association of Clinical
Pastoral Education as a center to offer level I , level II, and Supervisory
Education. CPE is a graduate level course of clinical training in ministry.
It provides students an opportunity to practice and reflect on the act
of ministry and the person of the minister within the individual and group
settings. An accredited unit of CPE requires at least three students in
a unit and at least one hundred (100) hours of structured group and individual
education, accompanied by at least three hundred (300) hours of clinical
practice in ministry. (ACPE Standard 308.1)
CPE is divided into levels (Level I, Level II and Supervisory Education)
all governed by standards, objectives and outcomes. Each set of standards
are unit specific and each covers a variety of objectives. Each individual
program meets all standards, as required for ACPE accreditation, and each
program will provide a set of unique learning opportunities.
Mary Washington Healthcare’s accredited CPE program offers part-time
extended programs in the fall and spring and a full time intensive intern
program for seminarians is offered in the summer. We also have five full-time,
year-long resident positions, in which a student with one unit of introductory
CPE spends a year in specialized training for ministry.
Persons interested in applying for one of the CPE programs should fill
out a standard ACPE application. These applications can be found on the
ACPE web page at www.ACPE.EDU
and should be submitted to Larry J. Austin, D.Min Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
or to Kevin Crowder, CPE supervisor, email@example.com.