From The Rev. Frederick Rajan:
Since its inception in 1995, the mission of Advocate Health Care remains unchanged, “The mission of Advocate Health care is to serve the health needs of individuals, families, and communities through a holistic philosophy rooted in our fundamental understanding of human beings as created in the image of God.” To guide its actions, Advocate stresses the values of compassion, equality, excellence, partnership, and stewardship. Have you noticed, our mission statement clearly states our intent to serve the health needs of not only individuals, but also communities? In response, we work in partnership with the faith community.
This partnership, the Congregational Outreach Ministry is focused on (1) effective communication, (2) health education, (3) health and wellness leadership development, and (4) building wellness centered faith communities.
Thanks to the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Advocate Condell Medical Center, and Advocate Sherman Hospital, we are able to offer intensive and extended 400 hours of internship training and yearlong, full time, paid residency programs at these hospitals. In addition, we offer multi-year paid CPE Supervisory training at Advocate Condell Medical Center.
Our pastoral care ministry is led by professional chaplains who are linguistically, culturally, and ethnically diverse from various Christian religious traditions. We are grateful for the hundreds of volunteer ministers from congregations, the Ministers of Care, Spiritual Welcome Volunteers, and musicians.
We are able to extend spiritual care to our Muslim patients with the help of Muslim Spiritual Welcome Volunteers from the local mosques.