A Partnership of Two NYC Hospitals Trained Providers to Offer End-of-Life Care for Minority Populations in Harlem

Training health care providers in end-of-life care for minority populations

Between 2002 and 2007, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in midtown Manhattan and North General Hospital in Harlem formed a partnership to train physicians to provide culturally sensitive palliative and hospice care to underserved, minority populations and to provide such care to residents of Harlem and other communities in upper Manhattan.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Targeted End-of-Life Projects Initiative.

Key Results

  • North General Hospital became a training site for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering pain and palliative care fellowship training program. Some 40 fellows rotated through the hospice service from 2003 to 2007.

  • North General Hospital established a 12-bed hospice unit in 2004. As of 2006, the 12 beds were dispersed throughout the hospital in response to a New York State Health Department regulation.