Association of Professional Chaplains honors Derrickson

April 21, 2005

The Association of Professional Chaplains presented Paul Derrickson, chaplain, Department of Pastoral Services at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the 2005 Distinguished Service Award at the association's annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M. The award is presented to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions in promoting standards of professional chaplaincy or in the advancement of clinical chaplaincy.

Derrickson has dedicated more than 30 years of his career to the advancement of clinical chaplaincy. An educator, clinician, researcher and author, he has influenced the lives of countless individuals within seminaries, the health-care arena and the greater community. In his pastoral care, Derrickson lives out the compassion and understanding so needed by patients and their families during hospitalization. In addition, he teaches hospital staff the value of the chaplain's role within the hospital and has done significant investigation into interdisciplinary relationships, particularly regarding how chaplains relate to nurses and physicians.

Derrickson has merged his research findings with his experience, becoming instrumental in developing the LINCSS program. LINCSS is an acronym for Linking Individuals with Nonmedical Congregational Support Services and is a program that extends pastoral care and health ministry into the larger community.

"This award honors the creative vision and service of individuals in the development of professional chaplaincy," said Robert Kidd, president of the Association of Professional Chaplains. "Chaplain Paul Derrickson has exhibited exemplary dedication in his commitment to professional chaplaincy which not only strengthens our association, but increases awareness of the importance of professional spiritual care in his community."

A reception will be held for Derrickson from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the medical center's anteroom.

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