CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (CPE)WELLSTAR ATLANTA MEDICAL CENTER: an ACPE Satellite Program.
Atlanta Medical Center (AMC) is a non-profit 762-bed hospital and part of the Wellstar hospital network. AMC serves Fulton County, Georgia and the surrounding area with two Atlanta locations. AMC is a diverse learning environment, one that came into existence more than one hundred years ago as Georgia Baptist Hospital.
AMC is one of two Level One trauma centers in the metro Atlanta area. Currently, AMC treats about two hundred (200) trauma patients a month, with an average daily census for the entire hospital around 600 patients. Sixty of those beds are for adult intensive care, and thirty are for the neo-natal ICU. AMC is a certified stroke center and also specializes in Bariatric care. General Medicine, Surgery, Oncology, Orthopedics, Labor and Delivery, Cardiology, Behavioral Health, Bloodless Medicine, and Neurology, are among the medical services rendered at AMC for the general public. Chaplains visit the Forensic unit for State and Federal inmates only when requested by the patient, as is true for incarcerated women who are brought to AMC to deliver their babies.
CPE has been a vital part of Atlanta Medical Center for the past 50 years and remains an active participant in the offering of emotional and spiritual care to diverse patient populations representing the inner city of Atlanta and its growing international identity. CPE interns serve as members of the Trauma Team and attend traumatic admissions as a first priority.
ATLANTA MEDICAL CENTER CPE SUPERVISION
Rev. Patricia Symonette, a native of the Bahamas, serves as Director of Spiritual Health and is the clinical educator and an ACPE Associate Certified Educator for the CPE program.
Chaplaincy hours are between 7: 00 AM – 9.00 PM daily (Main campus) and 8.00 AM – 4.00 PM (South campus).
The 4-7 CPE interns provide 15 – 20 hours per week of clinical service. Interns participate in a flexible duty-chaplain rotation along with weekend rotation shifts and are expected to respond to traumas, deaths, codes, and requests for pastoral visits throughout the hospital system during their assigned shift.
CPE interns share the responsibility for providing pastoral care based on the expressed interests of the intern, and AMC’s needs. The educational component of the program occurs usually on Wednesdays for about 6 hours where CPE interns participate in group sessions along with their peers.
Writing verbatims, attending didactic seminars, and participating in “experience group” are a part of the curriculum. Chaplaincy interns receive daily lunch vouchers while serving at the hospital.
For more information, please, contact TACC’s CPE Director Karen Miller ; 404-876-6266 #20146-