The Department of Pastoral Care began on November 30, 1981 when The Rev. Vic Kilian became the first full time chaplain employed by Scott & White Hospital. Chaplain Kilian's original proposal served as the basis for the establishment of the department. The three objectives identified in that proposal were:
- To help provide for the spiritual, emotional and psychological needs of patients and their families as well as staff and other employees.
- To help as a liaison between the administration and staff of the hospital and the religious community, assisting clergy of all faiths to give optimal pastoral care particularly to patients and families of their own membership and/or denomination.
- To be available as a resource in matters of spiritual and ethical concerns as part of the healing team of the hospital.
In the spring of 1983, The Rev. Larry Easterling was hired as a second chaplain. He set in motion the necessary procedures to establish a CPE program. By 1984, the first CPE program had begun at Scott & White Hospital. During the Spring 2000 meeting of the ACPE Accreditation Commission, Scott & White Hospital's CPE center was granted Continued Accreditation Membership to offer programs of CPE and Supervisory CPE through 2014. To date, Scott & White continues to provide CPE programs including a Summer Intensive Program, First Year Residency program and a Supervisor-In-Training program.
Scott & White continues to recognize the importance of the mind, body and spirit connection and provides a supportive environment for pastoral ministry and educational opportunities for those interested in training as chaplains. Scott & White is committed to providing a well-rounded pastoral care program. Each CPE program has left its mark on not only the Department of Pastoral Care, but also on the patients, families, and staff in the "renewal" and "refinement" of our mission and goals. We look forward to partnering with students and the significant ministry they provide to our hospital community.