Patient Support Services
Mount Sinai physicians, social workers and nurses provide care, comfort and resources to women who need it the most. Our outstanding patient support programs include:
Esperanza y Vida (Hope and Life) and the Witness Project of Harlem™
Each year it is estimated that 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and close to 4,000 die, with significant statistical differences between white and minority women. To help address this discrepancy, Mount Sinai launched two community outreach programs in East Harlem and Harlem in New York City that are culturally tailored to the Latino and African American communities.
In collaboration with the Department of Oncological Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine, both programs provide women with information about prevention and early detection of breast and cervical cancer, as well as access to cancer
For more information, please contact us at (212) 659-5525.
Perinatal Bereavement Program
This unique program provides spiritual, religious and culturally sensitive bereavement services for families experiencing losses at any stage of pregnancy and those experiencing early infant loss – at any time following a loss. Women having medical terminations of pregnancy may also be referred to this program.
Support groups are provided in English and Spanish with community-based referrals as needed. For additional information, visit the Perinatal Berevement Program site.
Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI)
Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted and, just as shocking, one in three girls and one in six boys will experience a sexual assault by their eighteenth birthday. In addition, it is estimated that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Yet, many victims struggle alone without the care and support of crisis intervention services.
Learn more about SAVI services.
Woman to Woman Gynecologic Cancer Support Program
Founded in 2003, Woman to Woman is a unique network of trained volunteer survivors of gynecologic cancer who provide hope, one-on-one support, education and advocacy for women in treatment at Mount Sinai, their partners and families. From their first meeting with a woman to the end of treatment, our volunteers help patients adjust to their new lives as cancer survivors.
All women being treated at Mount Sinai for gynecologic cancer (ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, vaginal or vulva cancer) are offered the opportunity to participate in the program by being matched with a survivor volunteer.
Male partners of women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer are often overlooked by health care workers, family and friends resulting in confusion, anxiety, and anger. To help address the needs of this unique group, Woman to Woman created a "Guide for Male Partners" which contains information on gynecologic cancer, treatment and side effects, sexuality, finances, how to deal with family and friends, and resources for each topic. We also provide peer mentoring from men whose partners have already completed treatment at Mount Sinai for gynecologic cancer.
For more information about Woman to Woman, please contact us at (212) 241-3793 or visit us online at Women's Gynecologic Cancer Support.
Mount Sinai's SAVI Program has been addressing issues of sexual and domestic violence throughout New York City since 1984.
Arden Moulton, coordinator of Mount Sinai's gynecologic support program talks about the importance of survivors helping survivors.
Pamela Herman talks about the importance of helping other women through their journeys with ovarian cancer. Watch Now