Mindfulness In Hospitals and Health 2017-06-14T10:49:44+00:00


Disease broken down is dis(not)…ease. i.e. Stress. Science has proven that stress is a major cause leading to disease such as cancer, diabetes, and heart attacks.

GIFT is working with top global doctors and integrative medicine practitioners to create easy-to-follow ways to reduce stress on frontline health care providers, their patients and their communities. Then market these scientifically-proven systems to hospitals globally.


Disease broken down is dis(not)…ease, i.e. stress. Science has proven that stress is a major cause of disease including cancer, heart attacks and diabetes. Many hospitals offer stress reduction programming. As an example, Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is offered in more than 300 major hospitals in America.

Many hospitals and health services offer integrative medicine which includes all types of alternative medical services that go beyond traditional Western medical treatments. They offer a series of health and wellness programming focusing on prevention – dieting, exercise and yoga as examples. In addition, they offer integrative medicine approaches that include acupuncture, pain management, cancer care and mental health.

Leading examples include the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Mindfulness.

There seem to be three main “customers” for these services:
The frontline health care providers that face stress; the patients dealing with obesity, extreme pain, and stress; and then the communities that the hospitals and health care service represent.

In the past ten years, alternative medical approaches have gained tremendous acceptance and are widespread. At the same time, there remains a long way to go.


In 2016 GIFT did a preliminary review of the Delaware hospitals. We found that the hospitals offer many more alternative medicine programs than anyone knows. And we found that, for the most part, these services are scattered and lack the necessary institutional support. Increasingly the Delaware hospitals are offering more and more alternative programs, but a systematic, high-level review would be beneficial. As a result, GIFT is working with top experts across the country to develop a three-level program:

                Level One – Bronze: An entry-level program with basic recommended services and their   costs.

                Level Two – Silver: An intermediate program with recommended services and costs.

                Level Three – Gold: The gold standard integrative medicine program with recommended services and their costs.

In all cases, develop solid case studies of the leading examples of integrative medicine in America and in leading hospital systems around the world. Provide the contact information of where to go, and who to visit to help shape the program that best suits an interested hospital or health service organization.

GIFT has reached across the United States and top experts are excited that GIFT can play an important catalytic role. They are helping to pull together the GIFT recommended options. These include: Dr. Jennifer Hunter who played a lead role in creating the Cleveland Clinic Health and Wellness Center; Diane Reibel, whose pioneering work led to the creation of the Thomas Jefferson Hospital Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine; Dr. Steven Hickman, founder and president of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, and Dr. Michael Baime, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and founder and Director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness.


In Delaware, GIFT will:

                  In 2017, GIFT has two goals: First, GIFT will complete their research to finalize the GIFT three-level alternative medicine recommended system as described above.

                  Second, GIFT will begin convening the Delaware hospitals in individual meetings, as well as group meetings. GIFT will seek to increase their commitments to the use of integrative medicine options.

Going Forward 

When GIFT has proven systems working in Delaware, GIFT will explore the national and worldwide opportunity for GIFT to use its convening and catalytic capacity to spread the Delaware model.