Fashion and Compassion
Beth Israel Medical Center (BIMC) in New York City has been named the beneficiary of an initiative set in motion by world renowned designer, Donna Karan. When her husband, Stephan Weiss, lost his battle with cancer just over eight years ago, Karan was moved to take action.
"I am determined to do what I can to create a new model for wellness and patient care, and to address the needs of patients' loved ones and the staff who are on the journey with them," Karan shared.
Through her own foundation, Urban Zen Foundation, Karan has teamed up with the Department of Integrative Medicine and the Division of Medical Oncology at BIMC to create a unique pilot program that will enhance the care of hospitalized cancer patients. The vision includes:
- the introduction of yoga therapists on the floor to deliver bedside care
- a full-time staff member to help cancer patients access all levels of care
- training of nursing staff in holistic practices to encourage optimal healing
- an extensive research program, and
- physical renovations to Beth Israel's inpatient cancer unit
"Our goal is to treat the whole patient through techniques of eastern healing, yoga and meditation that is combined with the very best in western medicine," Karan expressed.
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