NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division offers a special track for Orthodox Jewish patients, designed to meet particular requirements that would significantly enhance the comfort level of certain patients during their hospitalization. The inpatient unit is open to adults, 18 years of age and over, with general psychiatric disorders, and addresses the special needs of patients requiring kosher meals and other cultural accommodations. A flexible schedule allows opportunities for religious observance.
The treatment program includes the full range of clinical services offered on other inpatient units, including:
- Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation
- Individual, group, and family therapy
- Medication management
- Health education
- Discharge planning
Common diagnostic categories include affective disorders, schizoaffective and psychotic disorders, and substance abuse-related disorders. Each patient is carefully assessed and individualized treatment plans are developed in consultation with referring clinicians, family members, and others. Each staff member on the unit has received special training regarding cultural sensitivity and patient expectations, as well as religious rituals and requirements.
The unit offers a full schedule of educational, therapeutic, and recreational groups, with appropriate gender separation for certain activities, and incorporates time for daily religious observance. Program adjustments are made for Sabbath and special holidays, and flexible visiting hours are accommodated.
Kosher dietary restrictions are closely followed in the dining room and throughout the unit at all times. Patient bedrooms and bathrooms are separated by gender, and leisure activities on the unit are consistent with religious rules and practices. Patient privacy is respected, within the Hospital?s guidelines for safety.
The specially trained staff provides expert psychiatric care in a discreet, comfortable environment, while understanding and respecting the emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs of the patient population. An interdisciplinary team of professionals, including psychiatrists, social workers, nursing staff, psychosocial rehabilitation specialists, and pastoral care counselors, meets daily with patients to review and revise individual treatment plans and goals. Team assignments give special consideration to cultural and religious sensitivities.
There is no additional fee for the program. Most major insurance and managed care plans are accepted, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, and private pay.
Admissions and Referrals
For information about admissions, or to make a referral to The Horizon, please call 888-694-5700. Referrals may be made by physicians, healthcare and religious professionals, community agencies, family members, or prospective clients.