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 Wiener Family Palliative Care Unit or throughout the Mount Sinai Health System, as well as to patients and families living in the community.