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Institutional Context

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital with 638 inpatient beds is the major tertiary, quadrinary care, and adult and pediatric trauma center for northwest suburban Chicago. It is situated just north of O'Hare International Airport in Park Ridge, Illinois.

The hospital was founded in Chicago in 1897 and celebrated its 50th year at its Park Ridge location in 2009. It opened with a pastoral care department, a CPE program and a commitment to wholistic health care under the philosophy of human ecology.

Population Served

Lutheran General draws patients from a wide area with considerable diversity. Although the patient population is predominantly Roman Catholic, it also includes a large minority of Protestant Christians, a significant percentage of Jewish patients and a growing number of Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu patients, representing the increasingly growing cosmopolitan make-up of the surrounding community.

Description of Pastoral Care Department

The department currently includes 11 full and 2 half-time chaplains representing diverse faith groups including Jewish, Roman Catholic and various Protestant denominations. There are three stipended resident chaplains at Lutheran General, one at Rainbow Hospice, and one at St. Matthew’s Center for Health that comprise the resident CPE program. A Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care, who reports directly to the hospital's chief operating officer oversees the department. Two Managers, one of Spiritual Care Services and another of Clinical Pastoral Education oversee daily ministry and learning.

Two unique services of the department include a full-time certified music therapist and a full-time clinical ethicist. Both services have training programs in their respective discipline.

Pastoral Care is an integral part of the hospital and is well integrated into the clinical units and the operations of the hospital.

Unique Educational Elements

Lutheran General, as part of the Advocate system CPE Center offers a full range of programs which include a stipended residency, summer intensive programs, extended programs, and may serve as a site for residency in supervisory education. The annual cycle of programs is usually compatible with the academic schedules of most seminaries so that seminarians may take intensive or extended CPE programs at various times during the year. The extended units accommodate students that cannot take a full-time program. All programs draw on and are coordinated with Advocate system resources.

The system-synchronized CPE resident program features a twelve-month, four (4) CPE-units curriculum. Each CPE unit includes “intensive weeks,” i.e. about 12 hours of group seminar work per week and “integrative weeks,” i.e. as few as 1-4 hours of group seminar work.  Integrative weeks allow for specialized learning in ministry by way of projects, studies, and/or formal research efforts. The resident curriculum also attends to the consultative and certification needs of those considering professional chaplaincy. Of the five CPE resident positions, three are hospital-based, one position is based at St. Matthew’s Center for Health, and one position is based in Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. The Rainbow Hospice resident is engaged in clinical learning and ministry primarily with its staff and clients, but participates fully in all group seminar sessions and contributes to on-call coverage at the hospital. The remaining four resident chaplains negotiate rotations through clinical areas at Lutheran General and St. Matthew’s.  All resident chaplains have opportunity to develop evidence-based specialties by way of special projects during each unit of their residency.

As a CPE program site, Lutheran General allows for a variety of clinical experiences for all its chaplain students in its acute care center and in the long-term care center at St. Matthew’s. The variety includes work in medical, surgical, critical care, trauma, cardiology, oncology, pediatric, obstetric, psychiatry, dementia, rehabilitation, and substance abuse areas. All CPE students are assigned to clinical areas and provide on-call ministry.

The hospital has always been committed to education. It is affiliated with several area medical schools, including the University of Chicago. CPE students have an opportunity to work along with residents and student interns from other disciplines.

The program at Lutheran General has had extensive experience with international students and first generation immigrants. Our student population has included many from Europe, Asia, India, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Australia.

Pertinent Information for Applicants

A non-refundable deposit, applicable to fees, is required to hold a place in any program when the applicant is offered a position.

Students may not begin a program until they have complied with the mandated pre-employment physical exam, drug screening and criminal record background check.

For More Information…

Revs. René Brandt, Joseph Czolgosz, or Susan Gullickson
Mission and Spiritual Care Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
1775 Dempster Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068
847.723.6395

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Long Term Care CPE Residency at: Saint Matthew Center for Health

Serving the community since 1959, Saint Matthew Center for Health (SMCH) is a program of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), an agency of three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  SMCH offers a variety of options to meet the health care and social needs of older adults.  Its continuum of care includes: complex medical care, rehabilitation services, intermediate and skilled nursing care, specialized Alzheimer’s disease/dementia services, hospice care, respite services and community wellness programs.  Its treatment philosophy is to focus on what older adult residents are still able to do and the health they have. Therefore SMCH’s focus is on person-centered care  that honors persons’ individuality, preferences and abilities.  A “culture of choice” approach to care enables persons to establish the routines they prefer and pursue their interests.  As a faith-based organization, SMCH offers pastoral/spiritual care service to clients, families and staff.  Ecumenical worship services, Roman Catholic Mass, Bible studies, hymn sings, spiritual counseling, and celebrations of the various religious holidays of are offered regularly.  Area clergy and members from clients’ congregations are invited to visit on a regular basis.

SMCH serves as the clinical site for this CPE resident position. CPE supervision is provided through the Department of Mission and Spiritual Care at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (ALGH) with clinical mentoring provided by the SMCH chaplain. The CPE resident will participate in individual supervision and peer group, as well as some on-call responsibilities, at ALGH. The CPE resident shares responsibility with the SMCH chaplain for the spiritual care services provided to clients and families served by interdisciplinary personnel. In addition, the CPE resident will also have opportunity to participate in bereavement care and end-of-life education.  The CPE residency usually begins in September and runs through the following August of each year.  Interested applicants must have a Masters of Divinity degree or equivalent seminary degree from a school accredited by the ATS and a previous CPE unit. Experience in a parish or health care setting is preferred.

Please send completed CPE application to:

Mission and Spiritual Care
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
1775 Dempster Street
Park Ridge, IL  60068
847.723.6395 (Office)   847.723.6667 (Fax)
Rene.Brandt@advocatehealth.com
Joseph.Czolgosz@advocatehealth.com
Susan.Gullickson@advocatehealth.com

For further information about St. Matthew Center for Care, please contact:

The Rev. Brian Halverson, Chaplain
St. Matthew Center for Health
1601 N. Western Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Chaplain’s Office: 847.993.4200              
General Information: 847.825.5531
Fax: 847.318.6659
brian.halverson@lssi.org
www.StMatthewCenter.org

Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc

HOSPICE RESIDENCY
RAINBOW HOSPICE and PALLIATIVE CARE, (RHPC) a metropolitan Chicago leader in end-of-life care, offers a twelve-month residency available to the experienced pastoral care provider who wishes to focus his/her professional and personal development in serving those who live with life-limiting illness. The CPE residency usually begins in September and runs through the following August of each year.

Rainbow Hospice serves as the clinical site for the residency. Clinical pastoral supervision is provided through the Department of Mission and Spiritual Care at Advocate/Lutheran General Hospital. The resident will participate in individual supervision and peer group, as well as some on-call responsibilities at the Hospital.

At Rainbow Hospice the resident is part of a team which includes a manager for Spiritual Care and Healing Arts, four full-time and two part-time chaplains, PRN chaplains, three music therapists, and two massage therapists. The resident shares responsibility with a staff chaplain for the spiritual care services provided to patients and families served by one of the interdisciplinary teams. In addition, the resident will also have opportunity to participate in bereavement care and end-of-life education.

Applicants who have completed a Masters of Divinity degree or equivalent seminary degree from a school accredited by the ATS will be given first consideration. Pastoral experience in a parish or health care setting is preferred.

Please send completed CPE application to:

Mission and Spiritual Care
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
1775 Dempster Street
Park Ridge, IL  60068
847.723.6395 (Office)  
847.723.6667 (Fax)
Rene.Brandt@advocatehealth.com
Joseph.Czolgosz@advocatehealth.com
Susan.Gullickson@advocatehealth.com

For further information about Rainbow Hospice, please contact:

The Rev. John Schumacher, BCC
Manager, Spiritual Care & Healing Arts
Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care
1550 Bishop Court (Kensington & Wolf Rds.)
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
847.685.9900 x3002
847.685.6390 (Fax)
jschumacher@rainbowhospice.org


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