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About the Institute


The MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is a New York-based not-for-profit organization affiliated with MJHS, the integrated health system founded by the Four Brooklyn Ladies in 1907.

The Executive Director of the Institute is Russell Portenoy, MD. Voted one of the 30 “visionaries” in palliative care by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, he is responsible for overseeing organization, planning, implementation, tracking and dissemination of the Institute’s work. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, the official journal of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and has also established an Editorial Office in the Institute.

The goal of the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is to promote access to evidence-based, specialist-level palliative care for patients and families coping with serious or advanced illness, whenever and wherever palliative care is needed across the continuum of health care.

Health care is gradually shifting emphasis from hospital-based care to community-based care, a change that can better meet a broad array of health needs—from preventative care through care for the chronically ill.. As care shifts focus in response to demands for higher quality and lower cost, those with chronic or advanced illnesses must have access to specialist-level palliative care at home or in nursing homes. This type of palliative care—community-based palliative care—is rapidly emerging as a critical component of the health care system.

The MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care will improve access to specialist-level, community-based palliative care through:

  • Research and Analytics
  • Education and Training
  • Quality and Performance Improvement