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Local Hospice Chaplain Achieves Palliative Care Certificate

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Compassus program serving Bloomington recently honored Bereavement Coordinator and Chaplain Carolyn Roper-Fowlkes for achieving  a certificate in Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty.

Roper-Fowlkes completed a 72-hour course at the California State University Institute for Palliative Care in partnership with the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, a nonprofit that helps people faced with the distress of illness and suffering find comfort and meaning. The nine-week program was created by a team of national experts to enhance students’ abilities to provide the highest quality of palliative care.

“We are so fortunate to have such a qualified staff across our Northwest Illinois programs,” said Margi Carlson, executive director for Compassus – Northwest Illinois. “Carolyn’s accomplishment not only validates her knowledge and skills, but also contributes to the success of our organization and our ability to provide exceptional patient care.”

“Providing the best care possible to my patients and their families is something I strive for every day,” said Roper-Fowlkes. “Furthering my education is just one of the ways to help me achieve this goal as I also continue to work towards board-certified chaplaincy and Hospice & Palliative Care Specialty Certification.”

For more information about Compassus – Bloomington or its services, visit or call 309) 342-3007.