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Medical Center Welcomes New Chaplain

Date: 10/01/2018

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center welcomes head chaplain, director of Chaplain Services

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is pleased to welcome The Rev. Dr. J. Bernard Richardson as head chaplain and director, Chaplain Services. Following a nationwide search, Dr. Richardson joined the Medical Center last month to lead the journey towards becoming an accredited site for the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), to develop our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program and supervise students receiving CPE credits. Dr. Richardson will also oversee the spiritual care and support offered to patients, families, and staff.

Dr. Richardson holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from State University of New York and masters and doctoral degrees from Christ Theological Seminary in New York. Dr. Richardson completed his CPE Level 1, Level 2, and supervisory education at Yale New Haven Health System - Bridgeport Hospital. 

In his most recent position, Dr. Richardson served as senior chaplain and CPE Certified Educator at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD where he oversaw the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Bayview and served as the student admissions coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Academic Medicine Division – CPE Program. 

The Reverend Andrew Moeller, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, and co-chair of EMMC’s Chaplain Advisory Committee says, “We are excited to welcome Dr. Richardson to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and the Bangor community. The Advisory Committee looks forward to supporting him and the program’s evolution as we partner with ACPE and make CPE training available to students in the area.”

John Simpson, Chair of the Medical Center’s Board of Trustees is quoted saying, “Over the past year we have received valuable input from our Board of Trustees, staff, Chaplain’s Advisory Council, and members of the communities we serve. Chaplaincy services are of critical importance to our patients, families and care providers. In this regard, we are pleased to announce Dr. Richardson has accepted our invitation to lead these efforts and support our patients and the region we serve.  

As Dr. Richardson says, “In drawing upon my past experience, I always try and remember that as a professional spiritual care provider and a Certified CPE Educator, spiritual care helps by creating a sacred space for people of all faiths and cultural beliefs in stressful, life changing, or transitional moments to find meaning, hope, connection, and comfort by enabling them to identify and draw upon their own sources of inner strength. I appreciate the opportunity to be working with the Medical Center and across the community to offer clinical pastoral education and expand the spiritual care offerings for our patients, families, and care team.”