Staff Support and Take10

At six hospitals across the Mount Sinai Health System, chaplains from the Center for Spirituality and Health work closely with interdisciplinary teams to help patients and their loved ones draw on their own spiritual and emotional resources as they confront the challenges associated with illness.

Chaplains also provide support for our 39,000 plus employees including: nurses, doctors, housekeeping, security, social workers, physical therapists and many more. Supporting staff takes many forms including leading de-briefing sessions following stressful incidents and facilitating memorial gatherings for the interdisciplinary teams when needed.

The Center for Spirituality and Health also believes it’s important to pro-actively engage staff on an on-going basis.

To achieve this, Mount Sinai Health System has created the Take10 Program, a program that engages with all of our staff utilizing a mobile cart that we bring to their work areas. Contents of the Take10 cart include herbal and decaffeinated teas and healthy packaged snacks, aromatherapy with lavender, rose, eucalyptus, and other scents. If the space permits, calming background music and dimmed lighting is also provided.

The Take10 Program has expanded to serve six hospital campuses: Mount Sinai Beth Israel, The Mount Sinai Hospital (including Ruttenberg, Dubin, and CAM), Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai Morningside, Mount Sinai West, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. This past year, October 2020 to October 2021, over 23,400 staff have been served.

The new name reinforces that well-being can take many different forms and be captured in many different moments. As we expand this program, we will continue our efforts to make sure those moments are accessible and easy to embrace.

We continue to look for additional ways to proactively engage and support staff with well-being activities. Following in the creative path that the Center for Spirituality and Health started through its curated annual art shows, the program launched the Percussion Project earlier this year.

If your team would like to find out more information, please contact:
Maggie Keogh, Director of the Take10 Program
The Take10 Program expansion continues and we are looking for more volunteers.
Please contact Tiffany Williams, Program Coordinator