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Health-Care Spotlight

May 15, 2006

Hospital chaplain honored by association

The Rev. Cherie Baker, director of spiritual care and religious services at Washington County Hospital, has been honored as a board- certified chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. She will accept her certificate at the APC annual conference held in Atlanta this month.

Board-certified chaplain is the highest level of certification for a clinical chaplain through the APC.

In addition to her master's of divinity degree, requirements include ordination and endorsement by her denomination (a five-year process), minimum four units per year of clinical pastoral education, more than 400 documented professional hours of clinical experience, completion of essays regarding professionalism and ethical competency, and meeting regional committees for recommendation and approval.

Forty hours of continuing education each year are required to maintain certification, as well as yearly peer reviews and maintaining the ethical and professional standards of APC.

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