Clinical Pastoral Education at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

About Abbott Northwestern

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, located in Minneapolis is the largest private hospital in the Twin Cities. Abbott Northwestern is recognized nationally and locally for its exceptional expertise and care. In 2021 Abbott Northwestern was recognized as a “World’s Best Hospital” by Newsweek and Statistica Inc. Each year, the hospital serves more than 370,000 patients and their families from across the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest. A 650-bed teaching and specialty hospital, it is known around the region and across the U.S. for its centers of excellence: cancer care through the Allina Health Cancer Institute; cardiovascular services in partnership with the Minneapolis Heart Institute; the Spine Institute; Neuroscience Institute; Orthopedic Institute; perinatology, obstetrics and gynecology through WomenCare®; Penny George Institute for Health and healing, physical rehabilitation through Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute™ and more.

What you can expect as an Abbott Northwestern CPE student?

  • Expect to be involved in ministry in a wide range of clinical contexts and to a diversity of patients, families and staff, while functioning as part of a multidisciplinary care team.
  • Expect to learn about yourself as a person, as a learner, as a colleague in the learning process and as a minister to persons in distress.
  • Expect to be in an ongoing conversation with others about that ministry and about yourself as minister: colleague learners in a small group, supervisor, staff chaplains, and hospital staff.
  • Expect to learn about your limp (cf., Jacob and the angel) and how your strengths and limitations, your brokenness and healing, your faith and your doubts inhibit and enhance your spiritual care practice.
  • Expect to be encouraged and challenged to become excellent in pastoral ministry, because this is the primary goal of clinical pastoral education at our program.

Abbott Northwestern works closely with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in caring for premature newborns to older teens on the same campus.

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