In partnership with the Urban Zen Foundation, UCLA Health offers a unique Eastern healing program designed to enhance the care of our patients.
UCLA Health caregivers are trained in providing the following gentle healing modalities to address the primary symptoms of pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation, and exhaustion:
The services are offered at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, Jules Stein Eye Institute, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.
UCLA Health is the first hospital on the West Coast to adopt the program which was founded in 2007 by fashion designer and humanitarian Donna Karan.
The UZITs are current patient caregivers who come from a variety of departments throughout UCLA Health: Oncology, Nursing, Rehab Services, Massage Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Social Work, Care Coordination and Radiology. They were chosen for their previous background in alternative therapies and commitment in patient care.
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UZIT services are available to inpatients (those hospitalized within UCLA Health). Currently, it is not offered to outpatients or any outpatient referrals.
If you are interested in receiving UZIT therapy from a certified Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT), please follow the instructions below:
Inpatients: Simply make the request to your nurse or physician at any time during your hospitalization.
If your nurse or physician approves you for the therapy, they will submit a request to the UZIT in your unit/clinic. If a UZIT is not available, a request will be faxed to Rehab Services and an available UZIT will be dispatched.
To learn more about how you can support the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program at UCLA, contact Ellen Haddigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a gift to the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, please click here. Your gift will help support providing the training of doctors, nurses, and other caregivers in practices that encourage optimal healing.
The Urban Zen Foundation seeks to raise awareness and inspire change in three initiatives: preservation of culture; empowering children in mind, body and spirit; and integrating Eastern healing techniques with Western medicine. Urban Zen Foundation designs forums, partners with and provides funding for like-minded organizations, and brings together experts to define solutions, implement action, and create programs and meaningful events to develop a community of like-minded people.
Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation