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2012 Leadership Awards

APCTM congratulates Rhonda Anderson, David Zucker and Clarke Mundhenke, leadership award recipients for 2012.
Awards were presented at the 2012 APCTM Annual Conference in Schaumburg, IL during the Grand Banquet and Member Recognition Luncheon programs.

In addition, the Oskar Pfister Award, given by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in collaboration with APCTM, will be presented to Harold G. Koenig MD at at the APA Institute on Psychiatric Services meeting, Oct. 4-7, 2012, in New York City.

We extend our gratitude to these individuals for their contributions to professional chaplaincy and the Association of Professional ChaplainsTM.

Distinguished Service Award
Rhonda Anderson RN DNSc(h) FAAN, FACHE

The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual and/or organization who may or may not be a member of the Association of Professional ChaplainsTM, and who either has exemplified or promoted the standards of professional chaplaincy. Our recipient for 2012, Rhonda Anderson RN DNSc(h) FAAN, FACHE not only supports and promotes chaplaincy but also exemplifies our professional standards.

CEO of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, AZ, Anderson has supported chaplaincy throughout her career at Banner Health. She has ensured that chaplaincy care is an essential component of total patient care.

Through her ex-officio role on the Spiritual Care Advisory committee, active involvement in the clinical pastoral education (CPE) program, and her talks at monthly leadership meetings, ”Rhonda personally and effectively embodies and promotes the integral nature of the spiritual and emotional components of care for our patients,” says a fellow administrator.
Before her appointment as CEO, she served as Banner Health’s pediatric service line administrator, chief nursing officer, senior administrator and COO at Banner Desert Medical Center, as well as senior administrator at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

“This very busy person makes it a point to meet each of our CPE student groups at the beginning of a program and to be present at the time of graduation,” says a CPE supervisor. “Her response to students is personal and individualized so that each one feels understood, respected and honored for his or her contribution.”

Under her guidance and with her support, the Spiritual Care Department has expanded and deepened the services it provides to the hospital community and to the community at large. This includes providing guidance to the Spiritual Care Advisory Committee, which establishes and maintains relationships with local faith groups and their leaders. In addition, she chose a staff chaplain to spearhead the establishment of the pediatric ethics board for Banner hospitals to ensure that Spiritual Care would be a strong force in this important aspect of patient care. Her overall efforts help Banner holistically fulfill its mission to make a difference in people’s lives though excellent patient care.

“She embodies the vision that the central core of our patient’s experience is the seamless integration of the spiritual and medical -- health care at its best,” says a chaplain. “Her deep personal faith has continually impacted, formed and developed her work over the years.”

Anderson is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), as well as a member of the board of the American Hospital Association.

Rev. Michele J. Lowery BCC, APC Membership Services Council member,
presents the 2012 APC Distinguished Service Award to Rhonda Anderson RN DNSc(h) FAAN, FACHE

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Outstanding Local Leadership Award
Rabbi/Chaplain David J. Zucker PhD

The Outstanding Local Leadership Award is given to a member in good standing who has exhibited outstanding dedication to and promotion of APCTM through active involvement at the local level. For 2012, APCTM presents this award to Rabbi/Chaplain David J. Zucker PhD, Colorado state representative for APCTM and member of the Chaplaincy Today editorial board. Previously, he served as Colorado state continuing education co-chair and as chair of the Executive Planning Committee for the 2003 Epic joint conference of APCTM, CASC, NACC and NAJC.

Zucker has been an active volunteer leader in APCTM and NAJC both before and after his retirement from Shalom Cares in Aurora, CO, where he served as director of chaplaincy care and senior chaplain at Shalom Hospice.

As APCTM state continuing education co-chair, he was instrumental in organizing biannual education events. Always inclusive in his approach, the events became the networking focal point for chaplains not only from APCTM but also organizational partner groups and others.

“The APCTM Continuing Education Events became the ‘not-to-be-missed’ events of the region,” says a colleague. “They fostered camaraderie, mutual encouragement, discussion and dialogue – a tradition that continues to this day.”

Zucker is a valued resource and mentor for all chaplains in the Colorado-Wyoming area. Chaplains applying for board certification, new APCTM leaders, those transitioning to new jobs, writers, researchers and workshop presenters have all sought his support, wisdom and advice.

“David is so beloved by every chaplain who knows him that we call him a ‘chaplain’s chaplain,’ “ says a colleague. “To know Rabbi David Zucker is to be empowered for ministry and to be changed for the better.”

Zucker has provided leadership and vision for a chaplain’s peer support and accountability group that has met bimonthly for roughly a decade. This interfaith group includes board certified chaplains from four organizational partner groups, as well as several non-afilliated chaplains, some of whom have joined one of the professional organizations and become board certified.

“His strong advocacy for the maintenance of the group, and the spiritual, emotional and professional well-being of each of us epitomizes the standards of APCTM professional chaplaincy,” says one participant.

“Rabbi Zucker has served as a sterling example for all of us of a person who loves to learn, to grow and to share insights through the broader community,” says another chaplain. “I am so grateful for the priority he has given to create presentations, classes, articles and books in order that others may learn, grow and be inspired. He is an inspiration to me.”

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Retired Chaplain Award
Clarke A. Mundhenke DMin BCC

The Retired Chaplain Award is given to a retired member who has made significant contributions in retirement to the field of chaplaincy care or to APCTM as an organization. Our recipient for 2012 is Clarke A. Mundhenke DMin BCC, who has provided leadership and dedicated loyalty to our profession and to our membership organization throughout his career and into retirement. He was the director of pastoral care for BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln, NE, where he worked for 36 years.

A professional life member, Mundhenke served on the APCTM Board of Directors as well as the board of APC’sTM predecessor organization, the College of Chaplains. He also served as a state leader, Finance Committee chair and Development Committee chair.

His leadership experience, both within the chaplaincy profession and without, has contributed to APC’sTM success today and into the future. Not only a chaplaincy department director but also a farmer and board member of a credit union, Mundhenke’s financial acumen and vision  led to “a deliberate and methodical repair and renewal of APC’sTM financial condition to the current sound and forward-moving status,” says a colleague.

During his term as treasurer in 2002-2006, Mundhenke reviewed and helped revise APC’sTM investment policies, financial statements and financial benchmarking tools. “These were helpful in understanding the revenue and expense flows of the organization and could provide an early warning of any problems,” says a fellow APCTM leader. “These tools were invaluable when APCTM faced a financial crisis during the 2008 recession.”

APC’sTM financial situation at the time led to some difficult but necessary cuts in staffing, including the elimination of the position of development director. It was then up to the Development Committee to take a more active role, and the board turned to Mundhenke to chair this committee. Again, Mundhenke answered the call and served in this capacity from 2008-2011. During this time, he worked with staff and board members to create a development plan and begin to implement it.

In addition to his knowledge, Mundhenke has given of himself. Colleagues note his integrity, wry humor, kindness, vision, and willngness to share his gifts and mentor others. He has even shared the abundance of his farm with his APCTM colleagues. After a particularly good harvest, Mundhenke and his wife, Sharon, generously donated part of their corn crop to APCTM, the proceeds of which were used to establish an endowment fund to financially support APC’sTM mission and programs now and into the future.

“Clarke’s generosity of spirit, gentle firmness as a leader, and intelligent empathy during these early years of his retirement are the marks of a chaplain who can truly be said to be a model for our whole profession,”  says a colleague.

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Oskar Pfister Award
Harold G. Koenig MD

The Oskar Pfister Award honors the Rev. Pfister, a distinguished colleague who promoted the dialog between psychiatry and religion. This award is presented to an individual who is dedicated to continuing that dialog. This award is given by the Committee on Religion and Psychiatry of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in collaboration with the Association of Professional ChaplainsTM.

The 2012 Oskar Pfister Award was presented to Harold G. Koenig MD at at the APA Institute on Psychiatric Services meeting, Oct. 4-7, 2012, in New York City. At the meeting, he gave an address titled, "How is Religion Relevant to Psychiatry?: Research and Applications."

Dr. Koenig is director of Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health. He also serves on the faculty at Duke as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and associate professor of medicine; plus he is on the faculty at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as a distinguished adjunct professor.

He has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics and religion, with over 300 scientific peer-reviewed articles, 60 book chapters, and 40 books in print or in preparation. He is the former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, and is on the editorial boards of many professional journals. His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured in the national and international news media. He even has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (September 1998) and the U.S. House of Representatives (September 2008) concerning the effects of religious involvement on public health.

Dr. Koenig's latest books include Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry (2009, Cambridge University Press), Spirituality and Health Research: Methods, Measurement, Statistics, and Resources (2011, Templeton Press), and Handbook of Religion and Health (2nd ed) (2012, Oxford University Press).

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