The Wartburg offers a continuum of care for the elderly and persons with special care needs. Specialized services include an Alzheimer’s and dementia unit, respite care, palliative and hospice care.
CPE Interns serve under Rev. Carol Fryer, the Wartburg’s Director of Spiritual Care and Church Relations and side by side with our 2 staff chaplains. Our Interns work closely with the Wartburg CPE Site Advisor, Rev. John Bauman, who meets with them regularly and provides support and guidance.
CPE Interns become an integral part of the interdisciplinary team caring for our residents. They are typically assigned to one or more units of the skilled nursing facility, either the short-term rehabilitation units; the long-term residential units; or the cognitive impairment (Alzheimer’s, dementia). Chaplain Interns follow up on all referrals, visit all newly admitted residents, and progressively call on all residents on their assigned units. In addition, students lead or assist with chapel and unit floor services and Bible studies held weekly on all units, as well as on occasion in other program areas (residential, assisted living, adult day care) on campus. Chaplain Interns may participate in staff meetings, interdisciplinary consultations, care plan meetings, ethics consults, residents and family councils, as well as ministering to staff and family members.
The Wartburg provides a challenging learning environment, with a resident population typical of the New York area in terms of demographic, religious and cultural diversity; characterized bya wide range of medical conditions and cognitive abilities. CPE residents find a wide variety of arenas for ministry experience and pastoral skill development, including resident visitation, care and counsel; worship and teaching; care planning and ethical consultation; and interaction with care professionals in medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, and physical, occupational and recreational therapy.
Rev. Carol Fryer
Carol Fryer is Pastor for the Wartburg Community and of United Lutheran Church of Mount Vernon. She directs the Spiritual Care and Church Relations department. An ordained Lutheran pastor since 1985, she has been serving at The Wartburg since September 2007. She has an MDiv from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA and an STM in Spiritual Direction from The General Seminary of the Episcopal Church in NYC. Carol is married to Gregory, also a Lutheran pastor who serves in Manhattan where they live. The Fryers have two sons and a cat named Nermal.
Rev. John Bauman
Rev. John Bauman, a chaplain at the Wartburg Adult Care Community for the past three years, was the chaplain at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital for 18 years. A Mennonite pastor, he has been a pastoral counselor at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for the past 19 years. He completed his CPE units at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and Bellevue Hospital, and the pastoral psychotherapy residency at the Blanton-Peale Institute. He pastored a congregation in the South Bronx for seven years before becoming a pastoral counselor.