Sky Ridge Medical Center
August 02, 2016


Rev. Laurie Peterson Jeddeloh BCC and Rev. Dirk B. van der Vorst III MDiv BCC Receive the Outstanding Local Leadership Award

Orlando, FL – The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) presented its 2016 Outstanding Local Leadership Award to Rev. Laurie Peterson Jeddeloh BCC of Centennial, CO, and Rev.

Dirk B. van der Vorst III MDiv BCC of Denver, CO. The award was presented on June 24 during the 2016 APC Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The Outstanding Local Leadership Award is given to a member or members of the APC who exhibit outstanding dedication to the association and promotes professional chaplaincy through active involvement and initiative at the local or regional level.

During their tenure as volunteer leaders, Laurie and Dirk have provided a robust state education program for the Association of Professional Chaplains in Colorado and the surrounding areas.

Together, they have produced more than 10 conferences for chaplains to attend lectures and connect with their peers. The Pastoral Theology Departments of local seminaries and other organizations count on Laurie and Dirk to help promote various events throughout the year. Laurie and Dirk also provide ongoing notifications for chaplain position availability in the Colorado and Wyoming areas.

Laurie is the Director of Pastoral Care at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, CO. Dirk serves as Director of Chaplaincy Care and Education at the Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.

About Sky Ridge Medical Center

Sky Ridge Medical Center, the first hospital to open in Douglas County in 2003, is a member of the HealthONE network. HealthONE is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with more than 10,000 employees.  As part of the HealthONE family, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital work together to provide a higher level of care.  In addition, our family of services includes five hospital free-standing emergency departments and numerous ambulatory surgery centers, occupational medicine clinics, physician practices, imaging centers, and AIRLIFE-DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region.

About the Association of Professional Chaplains

APC is a multifaith nonprofit organization of chaplaincy care providers endorsed by faith groups to serve persons in need, respecting their individual cultures, identities and beliefs, in diverse settings throughout the world.

The association seeks to promote quality chaplaincy care through advocacy, education, professional standards and service to its members. It also certifies chaplains according to established national standards through its affiliate, the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. APC has more than 5,500 members, including professional chaplains serving persons in spiritual need in diverse specialized ministry settings throughout the world, such as hospitals, long-term care, hospice, correctional institutions, the military and mental health. APC members represent more than 150 faith groups.

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