Calvary announces accreditation by ACPE
Calvary announces accreditation by ACPE

  CALVARY HOSPITAL'S CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION PROGRAM RECEIVES ACCREDITATION

BRONX, NY, March 14, 2012 – Calvary Hospital (www.calvaryhospital.org), the country’s only fully accredited acute care hospital dedicated to providing palliative care for adult advanced cancer patients, announced that it has received accreditation by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), the industry’s leading professional organization. This news comes as Calvary prepares for the 2nd anniversary of its CPE Program in June 2012.

         The 20-week, 400-hour program is the country’s only CPE program exclusively focused on giving students hands-on experience solely with terminally ill patients in a hospital and home hospice setting. Each week, students attend a 5-hour group class and complete 15 hours of clinical work with current Calvary inpatients and @Home/Hospice patients. They are under the supervision of Rev. Carlos Alejandro, a certified supervisor of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

         “Due to our unique patient population, Calvary’s program offers our students extensive hands-on experience with terminally ill patients, that they are unlikely to get at any other CPE program in this country,” remarked. Rev. Alejandro. “Our students, who represent a diverse range of age, culture, life experience, and faith backgrounds, learn how to care for the spiritual needs of patients -- and their family members -- at a sacred time.”
The Calvary CPE program provides pastoral care training for interfaith, multicultural clergy and lay persons who wish to become certified as professional chaplains. The training is also available to healthcare professionals exploring ways of integrating spirituality into their care of patients and their loved ones. Calvary offers two accelerated, part-time units a year and a full-time summer unit.

         “Spiritual caregivers play an important role for people in a multitude of settings. At a place like Calvary, where people are dealing with difficult end of life issues, pastoral care takes on even more importance,” said Deryk Durston, Interim Executive Director, ACPE. “Our decision to confer accreditation on Calvary’s program acknowledges the excellent work that they have done in a relatively short time.”

         The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) is a multicultural, multi-faith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths through the clinical educational methods of Clinical Pastoral Education.

         Since ACPE formed in 1967 (as a merger of four CPE organizations), nearly 150,000 units of CPE have been offered to about 65,000 individuals from the United States and many other countries internationally. Approximately 7,000 units of CPE are completed annually. CPE students come from many different ethnic and cultural groups. Individuals from many faith traditions -- Protestant, Roman Catholic, Judaism, Islam, Orthodox Christian, Native American religions and Buddhism -- have taken CPE.

         The ACPE Accreditation Commission is nationally recognized as an accrediting agency in the field of clinical pastoral education by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Department of Education.

Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 5,700 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.

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