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About Riverside Medical Center (RMC)

Riverside Medical Center is located in Kankakee, Illinois, and is part of Riverside Healthcare, a fully-integrated healthcare system serving the needs of patients throughout five Illinois counties including Kankakee, Iroquois, Livingston, Will, Grundy and parts of Western Indiana. Riverside Medical Center is a 312-bed Level II Trauma hospital that provides a full scope of inpatient and outpatient care. Offering award-winning programs in heart care, cancer care, neurosurgery, orthopedics and a reputation for nursing excellence has placed Riverside as a leader nationally and locally. Riverside is the area's only Magnet® Recognized hospital and ranks among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. The healthcare system has earned Truven Health's Top 100 Hospitals award eight times and is a multi-year recipient of Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award. Riverside Medical Group includes more than 140 primary and specialty care providers that deliver care at sites throughout the region.

Upcoming CPE Programs at Riverside Medical Center

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) for Level I and Level II is offered at RMC, which is accredited with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) as a CPE Center. CPE is an action/reflection process of theological education grounded in a person-centered approach to pastoral ministry. As a member of an interdisciplinary health care team, the student’s education experience involves providing pastoral care to patients, families and staff.


This full-year stipend program is designed for individuals pursuing education to develop evidence-based clinical skills as a professional chaplain. The residency is intended to prepare for board certification as a chaplain through the incorporation of the standards and outcomes of ACPE along with an understanding of the BCCI outcomes of APC. Residents usually have already completed one unit of CPE before applying. Residents complete three units of CPE during the program.

The stipend for August 27, 2018 – August 24, 2019* is $32,000.00, plus full benefits and vacation days. Fees: $200.00/unit.

Extended Unit

This 21-week program is primarily designed for individuals who need to work a full-time job while also developing evidence-based clinical skills as a professional chaplain. The unit is intended to be a building block in one’s preparation for board certification as a chaplain. The standards and outcomes of ACPE, along with an understanding of the BCCI outcomes of APC, are incorporated together. Fees: $50.00 Application (returned if student is not accepted into the unit), and $500.00 per unit.

Orientation (2018): February 12, 13, 14*. Classes (2018): Wednesdays, February 21 - July 4.

*Dates Subject to Change

For More Information about Programs and Application, contact:

Rev. Marsha Collins, M.Div., BCC/ACPE Certified Educator/Director of Pastoral Care
Riverside Medical Center
350 North Wall St.
Kankakee, IL 60901

Cell: 815-922-4766
Email: mcollins@rhc.net

Visit the Association for ACPE website at acpe.edu for more information about this rewarding field.

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