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Reverend Denise LaChance
Chaplain Denise LaChance has served as chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since September 2000, first as a hospice chaplain. Chaplain LaChance joined the late Rabbi Levi Meier in the chaplaincy program in June 2002, while continuing to work as hospice chaplain. She was the first Protestant Christian Chaplain at Cedars-Sinai. She serves all patients, family and staff, with a special focus on spiritual care for those who identify themselves as Protestant and Evangelical Christians , those from many world religions and those who identify themselves as spiritual.
Chaplain LaChance earned her master's of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California in 1999 with a concentration in spirituality and spiritual direction. She was licensed and later ordained by the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Monrovia, California. She completed a chaplaincy internship followed by a full-year residency at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center between 1997 and 1999. In doing this, she earned five “units” representing 2000 hours of specialized Clinical Pastoral Education training. Chaplain Denise is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Prior to becoming a chaplain, Chaplain LaChance had a similarly active life and career, all of which is put to good use in her current work. She earned a bachelor's of science degree in zoology from Arizona State University in 1977. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching high school science and math at a Catholic boy’s school in the Kingdom of Tonga during 1978 and 1979. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983. She was able to attend Harvard Law School for her final year of law school as part of an exchange program. Chaplain LaChance was an active member of both the New York bar and the California bar while she practiced law. She was attorney and counsel for IBM Corporation from 1983 until 1997.