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Clinical Setting

Clinical experience is a major part of CPE training and we offer an excellent setting for that experience. Most CPE interns and residents will be based at Lancaster General Hospital in downtown Lancaster. Some residents will complete a significant portion of clinical time at Women & Babies Hospital.


About Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine

Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine (LG Health/Penn Medicine), a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine), is a 631-licensed bed not-for-profit health system with a comprehensive network of care encompassing Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), Women & Babies Hospital and the Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital (in partnership with Kindred Healthcare).

Our membership in Penn Medicine brings together the strengths of a world-renowned, not-for-profit academic medical center and a nationally recognized, not-for-profit community healthcare system.

Outpatient services are provided at the Downtown and Suburban outpatient pavilions, along with additional outpatient centers and Express and Urgent Care locations throughout the region. Lancaster General Health Physicians is a network of nearly 300 primary-care and specialty physicians, at more than 40 offices throughout the region. Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is a private, co-educational, Middle States-accredited four-year college offering a variety of associate and baccalaureate degree and certification programs in healthcare.
Thrice designated a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, LGH has been recognized regionally and nationally for clinical excellence and patient safety; and ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals in 2015-16 in three specialties.

Chaplaincy history

In 1964, the Lancaster County Council of Churches voted to begin a chaplaincy program at LGH, committing itself to call a chaplain and to support the program in the early period of development. It was to be a non-denominational ministry, serving primarily persons without church affiliation, or from outlying areas of the county.  The possibility of a training program for pastors and seminarians was also part of the design. In 1964 the Reverend Kent Smith, a certified supervisor, began his ministry at LGJ. In 1965, the first CPE students began their training. bbbb

Today, our program continues to bring theological students, pastors, chaplains, lay persons, and others called to ministry and service within religious vocations into supervised encounters with people in critical life situations, improving personal ministry skills and enhancing self-understanding.



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