BBC Chaplain Earns Certification

April 05, 2013

Phil Wiechart, a chaplain for Bronson Battle Creek for the past two years, has attained the distinction of board-certified chaplain from the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).  He will be among 200 board-certified, provisional-certified, and associate-certified chaplains in the U.S. to be recognized in Orlando, Florida in June.

The status of board-certified chaplain represents a high level of commitment and professional achievement, as well as recognition by one’s peers and the board of a nationally recognized professional association.

APC, a national nonprofit organization, is a multi-faith association established to promote competent professional chaplaincy care through advocacy, education, standards of practice, and service to its members.  Professional chaplains work throughout the U.S. in specialized settings, including healthcare, corporations, correctional facilities, and the military.

Wiechart received his bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University (OH), master’s at Eastern Mennonite Seminary (VA), and additional clinical pastoral education residency at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (IN).

Wiechart, in addition to his daily hospital duties, is a member of the BBC Palliative Care Team.

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer. 


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