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SJCH Chaplains Receive Their Professional Board Certifications for Health Care Chaplaincy

Spiritual Care San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) is proud to announce that chaplains Ric Johnson and Tony Andrews have recently received their professional board certifications for health care chaplaincy. 

Johnson, who also serves as director of the Pastoral Care department, is now a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. To receive the certification, candidates must have their master’s degree, complete at least four units of accredited clinical pastoral education and be able to demonstrate the ability to deal with the unique demands of being a chaplain.

“During the accreditation process, your character is heavily scrutinized by the panel,” Johnson said. “They really want to see how you handle difficult ethical or culturally sensitive situations that inevitably arise within a work setting.” 

Andrews, who came to SJCH in 2010 after working as a hospice chaplain, received board certification from the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. According to its website, “The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy is a theologically based covenant community, dedicated to ‘recovery of the soul’ and promoting competency in the clinical pastoral field.”

“We’re extremely blessed to have two chaplains who are as knowledgeable and gifted as Ric Johnson and Tony Andrews,” said Jarrod McNaughton, vice president of Marketing and Business Development. “At [SJCH], we believe in providing whole-person care for our patients – mind, body and spirit. We couldn’t achieve this ideal without the dedication of our Pastoral Care team.”

Chaplains are extensively trained to provide support in times of crisis, trauma and grief. At SJCH, chaplains provide comfort and guidance to patients and families from all religious backgrounds and cultures, and serve as advocates for family preferences in the health care setting. Of the 18 Adventist Health hospitals, SJCH is the only hospital to have all its full-time chaplains board certified.