As Contemplative Care practices become an increasing presence in American society, there is both the opportunity and the need to integrate practitioners, serving as contemplative caregivers, into hospitals, hospices and homes. Working in tandem with each of our partner institutions, we create programing that addresses the ever growing need to heal the current healthcare system.
Lenox Hill Hospital, a 652-bed, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, has earned a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. The hospital is particularly well known for excellence in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, orthopedics, sports medicine, otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, and maternal/child health. The Hospital is also a recognized leader in public health education and community outreach. We work with the Spiritual Care Department in providing our Contemplative Care Volunteers to serve and care for the hospital’s patients, families and staff.
We provide contemplative caregivers in training to the patients and staff in its hospice residence, patient unit, nursing homes, and to its home care patients and families as well. Their hospice residence Nurse Manager states that our caregivers “transform the whole residence. When they are here, we all feel held.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic science research and is known for its innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institutes of Health grants. In its 2012 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” issue, U.S. News & World Report ranks the Icahn School of Medicine 18th out of 126 medical schools nationwide.
The Riverside Premier Rehabilitation and Healing Center (formerly Kateri Center) is Manhattan’s foremost short term rehabilitation and long term nursing center. Overlooking the picturesque paths of Riverside Park along the Hudson River, The Riverside is an oasis of refined comfort and care in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Situated on a 20-acre campus in Northern Manhattan and accounting for roughly half of Columbia University’s nearly $3 billion annual budget, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) provides global leadership in scientific research, health and medical education, and patient care. CUMC’s major teaching hospital affiliates are NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, both of which share the CUMC campus. The medical center also has academic affiliations with Bassett Healthcare, in Cooperstown, NY; the Isabella Geriatric Center, in New York City; and Arnot Ogden Medical Center, in Elmira, NY. CUMC plays a leading role in global health issues, in particular, capacity building. About 30 percent of P&S students participate in international programs, and almost 50 percent of third-year dental students participate in the school’s global health externships. The nursing school has research and teaching partnerships with schools and clinics in Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, and Taiwan. Mailman School of Public Health has programs in more than 100 countries across the globe.
Bering Omega Community Services, established in 1986, provides compassionate healthcare and social services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Houston community. Omega House, one of the four core offerings of Bering Omega Community Services, is an eight-bed residential hospice that offers non-aggressive treatment as well as a loving and safe environment for those living in the final stages of HIV/AIDS.