RWJUH Pastoral Care Department
Inside RWJUH: 8504
Outside RWJUH: (732) 937-8504
For prospective CPE Students: firstname.lastname@example.org
RWJUH Pastoral Care Department provides Ministry to People of All Faiths. A clinically trained Chaplain is available 24/7/365 for EMOTIONAL and SPIRITUAL support; Chaplains focus on patients and their families’ own spiritual/religious resources; Daily ecumenical prayer services are offered in The Chapel for All Faiths; patients and families are invited to join in if cleared medically; the services can also be seen in patient rooms on the Hospital TV Channel 10; Assistance with and education about, Advance Directives is provided as requested.
Services for People of All Faiths
Clinically trained Chaplains serve people of all faiths as well as those who profess no faith. Chaplains are available for patients and their families 24/7 every day of the year. Chaplains offer Emotional and Spiritual Support to patients and families regardless of their creed.
Chaplains listen to and pray for, concerns, give comfort during times of crisis, contact family clergy when requested, and help patients and families to communicate with the medical staff. Chaplains also educate patients about Advance Directives and assist those who wish to execute an Advance Directive.
Chaplains are available for consultation about medical ethics issues and can be called by patients, families, and staff.
The Roman Catholic population is served Father Michael Onyekwere, a Vocationist Priest and Fr. Thomas Ganley, a Diocese of Metuchen Priest. They visit Roman Catholic patients for sacramental needs as do a select group of Eucharistic Volunteers who bring the Eucharist to patients.
Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu patients receive visits from Volunteers from their respective faith groups. These Volunteers work closely together with Chaplains and gather for monthly meetings for education and fellowship.
How to Contact a Chaplain
To call the office of Pastoral Care from the outside: (732) 937-8504.
If you are in the Hospital and wish to see a Chaplain, please speak with your Nurse and ask her/him to page the Chaplain on call at pager # 1133. You can also call the in-house number of Pastoral Care Department and leave a message, ext. 8504.
We Are Here to Help
Clergy of all faiths are welcome to visit their hospitalized congregants and are extended courtesy parking at the Hospital parking deck. Please take your parking ticket with you and have it stamped at the Information desk.
If your Congregant is hospitalized at RWJUH, please let us know how we can assist the patient and their family. We are happy to visit your Congregant when it may be logistically difficult for you. We would also appreciate if you, the Clergy Person, remind your Congregants from time to time that in order for the Hospital to notify you when somebody from your Congregation is hospitalized, the congregant needs to give us a permission to do so.
Rev. Dr. John deVelder, D.Min
Graduated from Hope College with B.A. in English Literature and from New Brunswick Theological Seminary with Master’s in Divinity - Doctorate from New York Theological Seminary. Ordained in the Reformed Church in America. Speaks English and French.
Rev. Tiina H. Nummela, M.Th.
Clinical Pastoral Educator
Graduated from Hyvinkään Uusi Yhteiskoulu, Finland (National Matriculation Exam) and Helsinki University, Finland with Masters in Theology, and Joensuu University, Finland, with Teaching Certificate - Working on her Doctorate in the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Speaks English, Finnish, Swedish, and some German
Rev. Ann B. Shamy, M.Div.
Graduated from University of Louisville with B.S. in Sociology and M.Div. from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Certified as a Clinical Chaplain by College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. Perinatal Aware, Inc. Board Member. Women and Children’s Services in 2W, 3T, and the Bristol Myers-Squibb Children’s Hospital.
Sharon Hindle, LC, BCC
Licensed by the United Church of Christ. Certified as an Associate Clinical Chaplain by College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. Certified as a Bereavement Counselor. Oncology units 4N, 5N, 6N, and BMTU. A member of the Palliative Care Team and Cancer Committee.
Rev. Benjamin Rivera, M.Div.
Graduated from Rutgers University with B.A. in Spanish Literature and Sociology and from New Brunswick Theological Seminary with M.Div. Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America. Experience in Prison Ministry. Working on his Master’s in Social Work and certification as a Clinical Pastoral Educator.
Rev. Martisha Kanard-Dwyer, M.A.
Emergency Department/Community Liaison Chaplain
Graduated from Rutgers University with B.S. in Public Health and from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Baptist denomination. Assigned to Emergency Department and works with various community agencies to provide continuum of care to patients in the Hospital and in their community.
Clinical Pastoral Education
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is a training center accredited solely by Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE, Inc). We offer CPE in Summer intense, Extended (academic year) and Residency programs. Summer and Extended programs offer One Unit of CPE whereas during Residency, three units can be earned. Each unit consists of minimum of 400 hours of supervised learning (300 hours of direct patient care and 100 of seminars and supervision).
RWJUH is accredited by ACPE, Inc. as a CPE Center. ACPE Inc. is, in return, accredited by the U.S. Department of Education and is subject to all of its policies and procedures pertaining quality and accountability in education.
CPE is a method of learning by doing. Students are assigned to certain patient care areas where they minister to patients, their families, and staff, which experiences will be reflected upon in subsequent seminars with Peers and Supervisors. Because of the Center’s geographic location in Central New Jersey, it offers a rich experience of learning with and from, variety of ethnic groups, cultures, and religions.
To apply, send your completed application to email@example.com or Rev. Tiina H. Nummela, Pastoral Care Department, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
You can download an application from www.acpe.edu.
Clinical Pastoral Education Residents
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Jewish Music Thanatologist
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Dong Hyun (Daniel) Choi
Presbyterian Seminary Graduate
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Reformed Church in America Seminary Graduate and MSW
Assigned to Transplant Services