Providence Health Director of Pastoral Care Honored with National Award

July 16, 2020

Dr. Ruth Jandeska, EdD, BCC, director of Pastoral Care for Providence Health, has been name the recipient of the 2020 Emergent Leader Award by The National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC).

Dr. Ruth Jandeska, EdD, BCC

Each year, the NACC recognizes an individual committed to promoting and improving the ministry of chaplaincy and the mission of the NACC.

“Ruth is an emerging spiritual care leader and companion who embraces the challenges of this time in healthcare with optimism, humor, honesty, creativity, and an abiding belief that all things are possible when our hearts lead us to do what is right in serving the needs of all people especially the poor and vulnerable among us,” says Linda A. Bronersky BCC-E, NACC.

As a passionate advocate for chaplaincy, Ruth’s leadership approach is that of empowering others so they can achieve their fullest potential. Currently, she serves as a Director of Pastoral Care at Providence Health in Columbia, SC and has served in NACC as interviewer, ITE and Competencies Commission member.

Ruth received a Master of Arts degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University in Omaha. Ruth completed her CPE training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She has been a NACC member since 2010 and certified in 2011.

About the National Association of Catholic Chaplains
The National Association of Catholic Chaplains advocates for the profession of spiritual care and educates, certifies, and supports chaplains, clinical pastoral educators, and all members who continue the healing ministry of Jesus in the name of the Church. Learn more at

About Providence Health
Founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Providence Health is a full-service healthcare system serving the Midlands of South Carolina. A part of LifePoint Health, Providence consists of two hospitals, a freestanding Emergency Room in Fairfield County and multiple physician practices, rehabilitation centers, sleep centers, imaging and diagnostics labs, and other services. Providence Health’s downtown Columbia hospital specializes in high acuity care, while its Northeast Columbia campus recently transitioned from a specialty facility to a full-service community hospital. Providence employs more than 1,600 dedicated staff. For more information, visit