April 12, 2017

JUPITER, FLA. (Date to come) – Patients, physicians and residents of the greater Palm Beaches will now be able to access integrative medicine techniques to help them heal and even manage the stresses of everyday life at Jupiter Medical Center’s new Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness. The new Center, made possible by a generous lead gift from Nancy and Arthur Calcagnini, complements the hospital’s mainstream medicine and health care offerings by integrating mindfulness classes and workshops in a beautiful, soothing 2,600-square-foot healing space. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Center was held Thursday, March 16, and included donors Mr. and Mrs. Calcagnini and David and Lynn Nicholson; as well as one of the nation’s foremost leaders of the mindfulness movement, Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, Executive Director of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’sCenter for Mindfulness.  


“The opening of the Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness allows Jupiter Medical Center to address yet another facet of the community’s health and wellness,” said John Couris, Jupiter Medical Center President and CEO. “Mindfulness is scientifically proven to reduce physical and psychological symptoms, and we are pleased to be able to bring this vital service to our community, our patients, our physicians and our team members.”


One of the cornerstones of the Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness is training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a form of mind-body medicine that Jupiter Medical Center is offering in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, where MBSR was founded in 1979. Patients, physicians, Medical Center team members and anyone in the community looking for a better way to manage stress can participate in a comprehensive, eight-week course that explores the principles and practices of MBSR.  This training is ideal for cultivating greater awareness of the mind-body connection and developing tools to improve health and well-being. The mind is known to be a significant factor in stress and stress-related disorders, and stress often causes physical symptoms that mindfulness can address. Nearly four decades of scientific research by a growing cadre of highly regarded international scientists indicates that individuals trained in mindfulness and MBSR have an enhanced ability to tap into their inner resources and improve their own health.


Services at the Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness include:

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes
  • Mindfulness Meditation Sessions for the Community
  • Health Coaching


Additionally, Jupiter Medical Center is working with the UMass Center for Mindfulness to offer additional Mindfulness-Based Programs over the next year, including:

  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness for Parents
  • Mindful Eating
  • Mindful Self-Compassion
  • Deepening Practice for MBSR graduates
  • Other integrative medicine practices scientifically proven to complement traditional medicine and bring relief to suffering, such as Yoga, Tai Chi, massage and acupuncture


“We are tremendously grateful to Arthur and Nancy Calcagnini for their generous gift and vision to bring mindfulness training into Jupiter Medical Center,” said Liv E. Vesely, President of Jupiter Medical Center Foundation.


The Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness will be the premiere location for mindfulness in South Florida and the Treasure Coast, and the Center will open in late spring of 2017. For more information and schedule of events, please visit jupitermed.com/mindfulness.


About Jupiter Medical Center

A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency and pediatric services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.


Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,600 team members, 615 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.




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