Palliative Care

Mount Sinai Palliative Care specialists are committed to improving the quality of life for patients confronted with serious illnesses. Working closely with the patient’s primary doctor, we provide coordinated care consisting of:

  • Symptom management
  • 24-hour availability
  • Mount Sinai Visiting Doctor home care and referral
  • Inpatient palliative care services
  • Social services support
  • Physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and emotional support
  • In-depth discussion with patients about their condition and their treatment options

To receive help from our palliative care team, please ask your doctor for a referral. We are available to provide you with assistance either in the hospital or at home. Our hospital services, inpatient unit and outpatient programs are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and many insurance plans. Call us at 212-241-1446 if you have questions about your insurance coverage.

About Us

Palliative care is a medical specialty focused on treating the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness for patients and their families. It provides an added layer of support for patients at all ages and at all stages of any serious or advanced disease, whatever the prognosis. Central to this care is the communication and coordination of treatment options to maximize quality of life for patients, according to the individual patient’s goals and aspirations.

Mount Sinai has embraced palliative care as a service to patients and their families. Under the direction of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, the inpatient program has three interdisciplinary consultation teams. Patients with complex needs can be cared for around the clock in the 13-bed Wiener Family Palliative Care Unit.

The inpatient unit and the consultation teams are each staffed by an attending physician, nurse practitioner, social worker, and a post-graduate fellow. Additional supportive care is provided by a chaplain, registered nurses, six licensed massage therapists, a yoga specialist and an art therapist. The Hertzberg Institute also provides an active and expanding community palliative care program.

Hand-in-hand with our dedicated patient care, the Hertzberg Institute has a mission focused on research, education of the next generation of health care professionals and the development of new models of palliative care delivery.

We invite you to meet our practitioners, read about our groundbreaking research and learn from palliative care advocates such as our inspirational 2013 Douglas West Memorial Lecture, Amy Berman.