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Caregivers, chaplains honored at Pa. service

December 24, 2002

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The annual appreciation banquet for on-call chaplains and lay pastoral caregivers was held on Nov. 15, at Chambersburg Hospital, where 42 volunteer pastoral care providers were honored.

The community clergy serve as chaplains-on-call, who respond to emergency calls at nights and on weekends. Assistant chaplains perform follow-up patient visitation.

The lay people have completed 10 weeks of intensive training in pastoral care in a hospital setting and six months of practicum and supervision.

The chaplains-on-call who were honored at the banquet are: Robert Basom, Andy Brougher, William Brown, Bonnie Brush, John Dromazos, Vernon Edward, James Fox, Ray Geigley, James Herman, John Ile, Vernon Isner, Robert Keener, Charles Kind, Robert Kochert, Cleon Nyce, John Rauch, Jerry Roth, John Stamm, Sam Troyer and Harold Yeager. The following chaplains-on-call were absent, but will be honored later: A. Robert Cook, Cecily Eisley, Debbie Geer, MD, David Hefner, Ray Kauffman, Perry Medley, Jeff Roth, Robert Taylor and Andrew White. Dale Ciampa and Gustave Afantchao were honored as assistant chaplains. Most of these clergy have graduate theological degrees and clinical pastoral education in accredited health care institutions.

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The lay persons honored included Shirley Carbaugh, Paula Frey, James Kephart, Bill Morgan and Jane Morgan, lay chaplains; and Charan Bender, Paul Darby, Phil Darby, Boyd Hey, Doris Hey, Jerry Norris, Randy Pensinger, John Perry and Carl Spidel, lay pastoral caregivers. Those who will soon be commissioned as lay pastoral caregivers are Gail Appenzellar, Ralsome Buchanan, Allen Carlson, Nancy Hamilton, and Helen Kent.

The Pastoral Services department secretary, Beth Shetter, received an Award of Excellence for her diligent support of community clergy. Theodore Hughes, a chaplain on call and a Sunday worship service leader for the hospital who died in October, was represented by his wife, Carrie.

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