Institute was recently organized as a 501c3 Not-for-Profit corporation.
Historically, this CPE center began at Presbyterian Hospital in 1976 with
the hiring of the Rev. Bill Carr, ACPE Supervisor. The program developed
into Residency and Extended programs when the Rev. Carl Petering joined the
staff in 1979. In 1984, the hospital was sold to Hospital Corporation of
America (HCA) and a Foundation was established from the proceeds of the
sale, grants from which support the majority of our programs.
In 1988, the Rev. Darryl Tiller
was hired to expand the Residency programs and in 1990, the Rev. Ken Blank
was hired as the Director of the Pastoral Care Department. In 1992, the Rev.
Sherron Hughes-Tremper was hired to continue the Residency programs. In 1997, the Department and the Certified Chaplains received the
1997 Professional Service Award from the Association of Professional
Chaplains, based on their response to the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City
terrorist attack. In 2000, the Center completed its 10-year accreditation
review, receiving 8 commendations.
In late 2001, the
CPE program became part of the Institute under the accreditation umbrella of
Integris-Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. In 2003, it received its
10 year accreditation from the ACPE. In 2008, the Institute completed an
intensive 5 year review with no notations.
Due to changes in
funding agencies, the Institute relocated and changed its programs
accordingly. The Institute wishes to thank the Presbyterian Health
Foundation for its 25 years of support for graduate-level pastoral education
in Central Oklahoma. The Foundation's support allowed the Institute to train
over 275 clergy and seminarians in CPE and thousands more in our community
programs and clergy conferences.
The Institute is one of a few free-standing not-for-profit
corporations accredited to offer Clinical Pastoral Education.