Chaplain Brian Iverson of Ministry’s Eagle River Memorial Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center has been awarded the distinction of certification as a Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Iverson, who has been a Chaplain at Ministry Health Care since July of 2006, received the recognition recently at the APC’s annual conference in Schaumburg, Illinois.
To become a board certified chaplain, Iverson was required to have a seminary or graduate degree, complete one year of clinical pastoral education, and be endorsed from a religious endorsing body.
Certified chaplains are further required to fulfill 50 hours of continuing education hours each year to maintain their certification.
“Quality patient and family centered care is our number one priority,” said Rebecca A. Morin, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Ministry Howard Young Health Care. “This certification will enhance Chaplain Brian’s spiritual care of the patient, their family and our team members each and every day.”
Ministry is sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. Since the 1880s, when the Sisters established their first hospitals, there has been a commitment to tending to the spiritual aspects of life as part of the healing process. That commitment remains strong today.
There are a total of 28 chaplains in the system, 19 of which are board certified. Ministry requires all chaplains in a leadership position be board certified.
“Chaplains bring the healing presence of Jesus to patients, family and team members when someone is facing life or death issues,” said Michael Adamson, Director of Spiritual Services, Ministry. “It’s critical that we can journey with them and offer comfort and spiritual support.”
The APC is a multifaith association established to certify and serve its membership, and to promote excellence in chaplaincy care. APC has about 4,000 members and is actively involved as a certifying body of the chaplaincy profession.