Hospitals, Medical Facilities Providing Meditation and Extra


May 10, 2011 ?? Healthcare providers are increasingly encouraging their patients to use meditation and other inclusive techniques to improve their health, according to a report released Monday by Harvard Medical School and posted in the Internal Medicine Archives. Many medical centers and institutions even offer such services themselves.

ABC News’ medical division heard from 31 such institutions. They are listed below by state, along with some of their inclusive offerings.



Arizona University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona.

Arizona University Medical Center offers Reiki for cancer patients and Tai Chi for stroke patients.

University of Arizona Health Science Center and the Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, Arizona.

The Arizona Cancer Center runs a 12-week, 34-hour group program on the Mind-Body Medicine Skills Group for patients with life-threatening and chronic diseases.


Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, California.

The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center offers yoga, meditation, and other integrative medical therapies to patients.

California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California

California Pacific Medical Center provides guided imagery and visualizations for patients preparing for difficult procedures, as well as yoga, meditation, qigong, and tai chi to help patients recover from surgery.

University of California Los Angeles Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, California

The Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center offers yoga, health education, and tai chi. In addition, the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) offers guided meditations on its website.

University of California San Diego Health Sciences, San Diego, California.

UCSD provides mindfulness-based stress relief for cancer patients.


National Jewish Health, Denver, Colorado.

National Jewish offers hypnosis and biofeedback to help people with vocal cord dysfunction and is launching a study to investigate the effectiveness of biofeedback in asthma.

The Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Pueblo, Colorado.

The Dorcy Cancer Center has offered “healing arts” courses for cancer patients for more than four years. The center also offers yoga, tai chi, aerobics and low-impact dance, arts, creative exercise, meditation, and self-healing massages.


Christiana Care Health System, New Castle, Del.

The Christiana Care Health System offers a cancer mind, body and soul wellness program as well as a prenatal yoga class.


Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

Parkinson’s patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital can take advantage of music and theater therapy, as well as ballet, yoga, and art classes. The hospital also offers meditation services for people with insomnia.


University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan.

The University of Kansas Hospital offers yoga for patients with atrial fibrillation.


Jewish Hospital Medical Center Northeast Holistic Center, Louisville, Ky.

The Jewish Hospital Medical Center Northeast Holistic Center offers a variety of mind-body and integrative treatment modalities such as hypnotherapy, healing hands, aromatherapy, and more.


The Youth Health Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md.

The Youth Health Center is running a pilot program of yoga to help children cope with stress.

University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore

The University of Maryland Medical Center offers guided imagery, acupuncture, acupressure, breathing techniques, journaling, the arts for compassion, music and sound therapy, Reiki, and yoga.


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston

The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has an accredited integrative medicine department that offers a range of complementary modalities.


Detroit Medical Center, Detroit

The Detroit Medical Center hosts workshops for people with chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, and more. These workshops include a relaxation band and deep breathing exercises.


Abbott Northwestern Hospital Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Minneapolis

The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing offers a wide range of integrative medical services including acupuncture and oriental medicine, therapeutic yoga, energy healing, herbal counseling, mind-body therapies including biofeedback, and more.


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center offers mind-body therapies such as meditation and self-hypnosis, as well as a wide range of fitness classes such as yoga and aerobics.

Montefiore Medical Center, New York

At the Montefiore Medical Center, cancer patients are provided with alternative therapies such as aromatherapy, yoga and martial arts. The alternative therapies for children undergoing chemotherapy and radiation are offered by the hospital’s integrative medical and palliative care team.

New York University Cancer Institute, New York

The NYU Cancer Institute offers massage therapy for cancer patients.

New York University Hassenfeld Children’s Cancer Center, New York

The Hassenfeld Children’s Cancer Center offers massages and Reiki for pediatric cancer patients.

New York University Fertility Center, New York

New York University’s Fertility Center offers yoga classes for infertility patients.

Langone Medical Center at New York University, New York

New York University’s Langone Medical Center offers individual meditation for inpatients and weekly mediation sessions for outpatients for all health and medical conditions.


Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, NC

Duke Integrative Medicine offers a variety of techniques including yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offers cancer-specific yoga free of charge to cancer patients and survivors and their family members and friends. Researchers there are also conducting a pilot study on yoga for brain cancer patients and a research study on yoga for women with breast cancer.


The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio

Christ Hospital offers cancer patients a complementary medicine program that includes tai chi, yoga, reiki, and healing touch.


Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital, Philadelphia

Staff at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine include acupuncturists, nurses, psychologists, massage and exercise therapists, and practitioners who teach patients to unlock the healing potential of their mind and spirit.

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine offers acupuncture and other integrative techniques for cancer patients, as well as the Penn Mindfulness Program, which uses a mindfulness approach to meditation.


University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

The MD Anderson Cancer Center offers more than 75 complementary therapies, including art, music, and humor sessions; guided imagery and stress management; Yoga, tai chi and flexibility courses; Aromatherapy; Nutrition, diet and healthy cooking demonstrations; Advisory and support groups; and journaling.

University of Texas Medical Department, Galveston, Texas

UTMB offers mind-body therapies for pain management and is also home to an alternative medicine residency program.


The University of Vermont MindBody Medicine Clinic (MBMC) at Fletcher Allen Health Care Hospital, Burlington, Vt.

The MBMC offers cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with chronic pain and traumatic brain injuries.


Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, DC

Georgetown University School of Medicine has incorporated a course in Mind-Body Medicine into their curriculum. In addition, the Georgetown University School of Medicine and Georgetown University Law Center faculties are offered an annual professional education program in Mind-Body Medicine.


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