Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT)
Support from the Jessica Berman Memorial Fund at Tower Cancer Research Foundation will fund a new cohort of (50) UCLA physicians and staff focused on and in direct contact with cancer patients. In 2011, UCLA Health became the first hospital on the West Coast to offer the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program created by Donna Karan and her Urban Zen Foundation. The program offers a unique Eastern healing process designed to—as Donna Karan has put it—bring care back into healthcare. The therapies are specifically designed to address the primary symptoms of pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation, and exhaustion. Rather than employ a handful of integrative medicine professionals, the Urban Zen model provides training for a wide variety of physicians, nurses, and other caregivers from departments throughout UCLA Health to integrate alternative therapies into their daily practice with patients. Medical professionals from UCLA Health are trained by Urban Zen facilitators in five modalities of treatment: yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition, and contemplative care.