Partnership Programs


As contemplative spiritual practices find an increasing presence within American society, there is both an opportunity and a need to integrate practitioners into traditional medical settings to serve as spiritual caregivers and, more generally, to transform and integrate contemplative compassionate care into traditional medical settings.Working in tandem with each of our partner institutions, we create a Contemplative Care Program that meets these goals and needs.

Current Partners:


As the first Buddhist-based organization to provide contemplative care program within a mainstream hospital, our student contemplative caregivers serve patients and staff under the supervision of our Senior Chaplain Supervisors. Beth Israel’s head of Pastoral Care has said that we provide the hospital with a “wonderful presence of intentional care.”


The Mount Sinai Medical Center is a 1,171-bed, tertiary-care teaching facility acclaimed internationally for excellence in clinical care. The Zen Center collaborates with the Department of Spiritual Care & Education and the Palliative Care Department in providing contemplative care to staff, patients and families. Jay Horton, Director of the Palliative Care Consult Service says, “As a clinician, I know that what NYZCCC is doing in the Contemplative Care Training is on the cutting edge of health care. It is critically important that those who would work with the seriously ill receive training in how to recognize and be with suffering. I know of no other organization that does so much to make this a reality and it’s why I support the mission of the Zen Center.”


Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester is a private, not for profit agency that provides comprehensive health care services to people with an advanced illness who live in Westchester County. Our programs and services are available to people of all ages with any diagnosis.

Our mission statement is very clear: Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester will provide extraordinary and dignified comfort, care and compassion to every individual and family facing a serious or life-threatening illness.

Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester is a life enhancing, health care organization whose programs and care are intended to promote our patients’ quality of life by addressing the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester understands that each patient and family are unique, and an individualized plan of care will be developed based upon the needs of the patient and family.


NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the nations leading hospitals as a training center for our chaplains. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) is 2,369-bed academic health care network providing services at five campuses. It is the largest hospital in New York and one of the most comprehensive health care institutions in the world. In July 2010 U.S. News and World Report designated NYPH as 6th on its national “Honor Roll” of hospitals for the fifth straight year. The five NYPH campuses are Columbia University Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, Westchester Division and the Allen Hospital. We collaborate with their with their incredible Pastoral Care Department led by The Rev. Dr. Beth Faulk Glover by providing Contemplative Chaplains to three of their sites.


We provide our student chaplains for the patients and staff in its hospice residence, nursing homes and to its home care patients and families. The nurse manager of their hospice residence has said that our chaplains “transform the whole residence. When they are here, we all feel held.”

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