Reiki for Orthopedic Surgery
A professional Reiki Master is employed on the Orthopedic Surgery floor at Mount Sinai Beth Israel to provide treatment to patients to promote healing and relaxation. Interested patients can receive this service for free upon request.

For more information, ask the nursing staff or the Orthopedic Concierge.

Karpas Health Information Center
For over 25 years Beth Israel's' Karpas Health Information Center has provided thousands of New Yorkers with the information and programs they need to stay healthy. The Center, located on the corner of 18th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan, is a welcoming front door to Beth Israel's outstanding clinical services and programs.

Staffed by health educators the Karpas Health Information Center offers an extensive health library, walk in assistance, and help with research on specific health conditions. Our wellness activities and programs enable our neighbors to remain active vital members of our community.

The Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:30-4:30. For more information about the programs and resources of the Karpas Health Information Center go to We can also be reached by calling the Center at (212) 420-4247.

Victims’ Services Division
Rape Crisis Intervention Program
The Rape Crisis Intervention Program Social Work staff provides free and confidential services to adults and adolescent survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and incest. Whether the abuse occurred in the past or more recently, services are provided and include individual counseling, both long and short-term, group counseling, telephone counseling, advocacy, information and referral, criminal justice advocacy and Crime Victims Board Compensation assistance.

For more information, please call Carole Sher, LCSW, Victim Services Coordinator, at (212) 420-4516.

Domestic Violence Intervention Program
The Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s Social Work staff provides free and confidential services to adult and adolescent survivors of domestic violence. Services include telephone counseling and crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, Crime Victims Board Compensation assistance, criminal justice advocacy, information, and referrals. Additionally crisis intervention is provided to Emergency Department patients experiencing domestic violence, by Social Work staff and trained Volunteer Advocates.

For information, an appointment, or to make a referral to the program, please call Sunny Gashi, LMSW, Domestic Violence Coordinator, at (212) 420-4054.

Multidisciplinary Perinatal Bereavement Program
The Perinatal Bereavement Program at Beth Israel provides comprehensive support services for families who have experienced a perinatal loss. The social worker provides bereavement counseling during hospitalization, assists the team in creating mementos in the form of footprints, lock of hair, 35mm pictures, review of burial options, and offers bereavement reading resources. This protocol ensures that our patients receive consistent, sensitive care in an effort to assist with a healthy grieving process.

The Social Work Department holds monthly bereavement support groups free of charge based on peer support.

The multidisciplinary perinatal bereavement committee offers an annual memorial event, "A time of Remembrance," to support our families who have sustained a pregnancy or newborn loss.

For further information, please contact Joanne Rutland, LCSW at 212-420-2977.

Geriatric Services—Petrie Division
H.O.P.E. (Homebound Outreach Project for the Elderly)
Telephone “friendly-visiting” provides weekly phone conversation with trained volunteers for purposes of socialization to the frail, isolated, elderly, and age 60 and older residing alone in the community. .
Contact: Beatrice A. Maloney, LCSW-R (212) 420-5659,

Favors for Neighbors
This program is provided in conjunction with Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village Residential property. A Beth Israel Social Worker provides a range of social work services on site at this housing complex. Additionally, volunteers in the “Neighbor to Neighbor” program provide companionship and assistance with simple tasks and chores to other residents who may be elderly and/or disabled.
Contact: Liane Bellmann, LCSW-R (212) 982-2033,

Elder Abuse Consultation
Consultations, information and referrals available to staff and patients, age 60 and older, who are suspected victims of elder abuse, mistreatment and exploitation.
Contact: Beatrice A. Maloney, LCSW-R (212) 420-5659,

Geriatric Support and Outreach Services—Kings Highway Division
Our services for the elderly are designed to ease the transition from hospital to home or nursing home and to provide support to people who are living alone. We also offer support, information and referral to people who are taking care of the elderly. Programs include:

Temporary Care for the At-Risk Elderly
The S.H.A.R.E. grant is available to provide a safe transition home from Mount Sinai Beth Israel and/or to provide temporary assistance with activities of daily living.

Home Visitation/Telephone Reassurance Program (H.O.P.E.)
H.O.P.E. is a unique community-based program designed to serve the needs of an increasingly older and more frail senior population. Its primary goal is to decrease loneliness and social isolation. Trained volunteers provide companionship and help maintain an ongoing link to Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Caregiver Support
Our caregiver support program includes biweekly caregiver support group meetings here at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. We offer support and information about home care, planning for long-term care, communication with the health care team, the effects of caregiving, and more. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Community Health Topic Meetings
We offer once a month seminars on a variety of health related topics of interest to senior citizens and the people who take care of them. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Case Management
We offer information, referral, and follow-up for a wide variety of programs and services available to the elderly such as: palliative care, hospice, financial planning for long-term care, end-of-life decision making, counseling, home care, home delivered meals, transportation, and adult day care.

For more information about these programs please call (718) 951-3065.

Pet Therapy
Mount Sinai Beth Israel has a Pet Assisted Program where trained Pet Partner Teams (owner and dog) make visits to patients at the medical center for one hour once a week. The program is coordinated through the Good Dog Foundation, which provides the training for the Pet Partner Teams for a fee. Once training is completed, pet owners can apply to Mount Sinai Beth Israel for volunteering with their dogs.

To get started, please contact The Good Dog Foundation at or

Hospital patients interested in receiving Pet Therapy can request that their nurse or doctor contact Terry Williams, Director, Volunteer Services at

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