Category Archives: spiritual care

Hands-on relief: Reiki can prompt relaxation along the road to recovery

  BY JIM HOWE Among the ways cancer patients at Upstate cope with the stress and pain of their disease and treatment is Reiki, a touch therapy that can promote relaxation and a sense of well-being. The service is offered … Continue reading

Posted in alternative/integrative medicine, cancer, health care, illness, mental health/emotional health, spiritual care

Black History ceremony features new president, honors Black National Anthem

Upstate’s Black History Month opening ceremony is being held at 11:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 3) at the Campus Activities Building. The event includes music, poetry, prayers, awards, a soul food-with-a-healthy-twist lunch and a speech by Upstate’s new president, Danielle … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, entertainment, health care, medical student, spiritual care

An audience with the pope reverberates at Upstate

Jake Braithwaite, 26, and Brendan Coffey, 30, are chaplain interns at Upstate University Hospital, Braithwaite in neurology and Coffey in cardiology. The two men have taken vows of chastity, poverty and obedience in the multiyear process of becoming Jesuits. They … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, community, heart/cardiovascular, mental health/emotional health, spiritual care

10 musts for cancer patients: What to consider after diagnosis

A popular guide called “The Cancer Patient’s Workbook: Everything You Need to Stay Organized and Informed” includes a page of advice from Mayo Clinic oncologist Edward T. Creagan, MD. We have condensed what he refers to as the “10 Commandments … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, education, mental health/emotional health, spiritual care

A sacred space to say goodbye

Administrators, doctors and hospital staff gathered in a unique room at Upstate University Hospital one weekday this winter for a rededication ceremony. Technically the room is known as the viewing room, and like those found at funeral parlors, it is … Continue reading

Posted in community, spiritual care, volunteers

Finding the virtue in medical practice

You may have heard of the seven deadly sins – pride, anger, envy, lust, greed, gluttony and sloth. Well, there are also seven so-called “primary” virtues, which derive from ancient sources — four cardinal virtues come from Plato, and three … Continue reading

Posted in bioethics & humanities, community, education, genetics, health care, spiritual care

Talking about caring in ‘Schwartz Rounds’

Health care providers at an academic medical center routinely attend lectures on a variety of topics. At Upstate, they gather with other staff for Schwartz Center Rounds, a multidiscipliary forum where caregivers discuss social and emotional issues that arise in … Continue reading

Posted in community, spiritual care