Music Therapy Department
The Louis Armstrong Music Therapy Department provides a broad range of services throughout the medical center and within the community.

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Pastoral Care Services
The Department of Pastoral Care is comprised of multi-faith trained staff chaplains and chaplain interns who share in the hospital's mission and commitment of compassionate care for patients. The chaplains are available to patients, families and staff daily 9:00am to 7:00pm and respond to on call emergency calls at other times. Staff provides formal religious services on-site in the Jewish, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions. The department also has access to clergy persons in the outside community who generously respond to particular requests. During the day, chaplains can be reached at (212) 420-2759. After hours, a "Chaplain-On-Call" will triage all emergency calls for pastoral spiritual care.

Integrative Oncology Nurse Liaison
Integrative Oncology Nurse Liaison Diane Serra provides multiple integrative therapies to patients undergoing radiation treatments and also those who have completed radiation therapy (RT). Acupuncture, Therapeutic Touch, and various Relaxation techniques are most frequently used for relaxation, nausea, fatigue and pain. Diane is currently working on several IRB-approved studies demonstrating the value of her services in Radiation and has presented one study at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

Three ongoing IRB-approved studies are:

  • Patient evaluation of the impact of relaxation exercises during the course of RT for breast cancer and its effectiveness on reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Incorporating Guided Imagery in the care of patients receiving radiation therapy for the cancers of the head and neck.
  • The efficacy of Acupuncture for minimizing xerostomia in patients who have received radiation therapy for head and neck cancer.

These services are available to patients receiving outpatient treatment at PACC (Phillips Ambulatory Care Center). Patients can be referred by their doctors or nurse practitioners.

Bone Builders Program
The Bone Builders Program, offered by the Department of Rehabilitation Therapies, is an exercise class for people with or at risk for osteoporosis.

Bone Builders participants will:
Learn about osteoporosis, be guided through gentle and progressive exercises, discover body areas that are tight and weak, restore posture through awareness, improve walking patterns, enhance balance through exercise, learn a safe model for a walking program, be introduced to the use of free weights and theraband, apply learned principles to everyday activities and gain confidence and a sense of independence!

Registration is required. To learn more about the program, please call:
(212) 420-2010 and press option two after the message.

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