Bromenn Medical Center

Institutional context

BroMenn Medical Center, a 221-bed level two trauma center and Magnet hospital located in Bloomington-Normal, has been serving and caring for the people of central Illinois for nearly 120 years. BroMenn Medical Center is the health care leader in McLean County. BroMenn Medical Center is renowned for its neuro, cardiac, orthopedic and women’s services, and is also a teaching facility, offering residency programs in Neurosurgery, Neurology, Family Practice and Clinical Pastoral Education.

The facility has won several awards for clinical quality and patient satisfaction. BroMenn Medical Center also has several active partnerships with other organizations, including a community cancer center, an Advanced MRI site, a sleep disorders center, an addiction recovery unit, and an assisted living facility. The hospital’s Governing Council is nominated by representatives from nearly 100 area Protestant churches.

Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, is a “twin city” community with a population of more than 129,000. Located in central Illinois, Bloomington-Normal is home to Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University, as well as corporate headquarters for State Farm Insurance Companies, and Country Insurance and Financial Services. The community and its surrounding towns offer a variety of opportunities for cultural, educational and rural experiences.

Description of mission & spiritual care department

Mission & Spiritual Care at BroMenn consists of a director/ACPE supervisor, a senior staff chaplain/coordinator for Church Relations, a staff chaplain/ACPE supervisory education student, an executive assistant, four chaplain residents, and three to five chaplain interns as well as up to eight on-call spiritual care facilitators. Two part-time chaplains provide routine and on-call care at Eureka Hospital, a critical access facility in Eureka, Illinois. The director of Mission & Spiritual Care is an integral part of the Executive Team and, thus, has input into policymaking and planning in keeping with Advocate Health Care's mission as a faith-based health care delivery system.

Unique educational elements

Community-Based Extended Internship
This nine-month part-time program is aimed at pastors and lay ministers working in community agencies and congregations, with clinical time divided between the student’s home setting and the hospital. Educational sessions are designed to enhance their ministry in outpatient and community settings and are conducted at BroMenn on Monday mornings. Interns receive one unit of CPE credit for this program.

Hospital-Based Internship
This 10- to 12-week program is primarily designed for seminarians and other qualified students who seek to complete a unit of CPE during the summer. Educational sessions focus on a wide variety of topics in pastoral care. This is a full-time, hospital-based experience. Interns receive one unit of CPE for this program.

This full-year program is designed for individuals seeking education for professional chaplaincy and provides in-depth study of pastoral care theory and practice to provide the necessary skills and self-awareness for certification as a hospital chaplain or other professional. Residents usually have previously taken a single unit of CPE. Residents complete four units of CPE during the program.

BroMenn programs are also approved by the Illinois State Approving Agency for the enrollment of qualified veterans and/or other eligible persons to receive Montgomery GI Bill® education benefits.

Pertinent information for applicants

Housing may be available on a first-come, first-served basis for students pursuing the community-based and hospital-based internships. A deposit must be received to hold an intern or residency position once offered. Students may not begin a program until they have complied with the mandated pre-employment physical exam, drug screening, and criminal record background check.

For more information

The Rev. Mollie Ward
BroMenn Medical Center
1304 Franklin Ave.
Normal, Illinois 61761
Phone: 309-268-2116

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