The Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute

The Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute is one of the first and currently largest academic palliative care centers in the country. Through its clinical, education, and research programs, the Hertzberg Institute aims to improve the quality of life for persons living with serious illness and their families. Established in 1997 with a grant from the United Hospital Fund of New York and subsequently endowed in 1999 by the late Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg, the Hertzberg Institute was among the first five palliative care programs to receive a prestigious advanced certificate in palliative care by the Joint Commission. The Hertzberg Institute resides in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and is partners with the newly established Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The Hertzberg Institute’s mission is to advance the field of palliative care by developing and evaluating new models of clinical care, comprehensive educational programs, and NIH funded research. Clinical services are provided by teams of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, chaplains, licensed massage and yoga therapists, and creative art therapists to hospitalized patients on the Weiner Family Palliative Care Unit or throughout the Mount Sinai Health System, as well as to patients and families living in the community.

Providing Education at All Levels

Educational programs focus on all levels of learners. Mount Sinai students and residents experience didactic sessions and clinical rotations focused on palliative care. An LCGME certified fellowship program provides post-graduate training for palliative medicine fellows on both the Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Beth Israel campuses. The Hertzberg Institute also engages in extensive continuing health care education through a multitude of courses and conferences and public education through its Speaker’s Bureau and annual Douglas West Endowed Lecture in Palliative Care.

Advancing Palliative Care through Research

Advancing the field of palliative care is at the core of the Hertzberg mission. Hertzberg Investigators receive more NIH funding than any other program in the nation and are actively engaged in research to develop and evaluate new models of palliative care delivery, improve care for older adults with serious illness, advance the science of clinician-patient communication, and improve quality of life for persons with heart failure. Research performed by Hertzberg investigators has led to major national and state policy initiatives and has contributed to the rapid growth of the field of palliative care in the United States.

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