Hospitals



Duke Integrative Medicine director Adam Perlman
on this transformational clinical healing and wellness model

In the following audio interview link with Frank Stacio, host of “The State of Things” at public radio WUNC in Charlotte, Duke Integrative Medicine director Adam Perlman explains the current state, underlying principles and clinical application of integrative medicine in one of the most lucid explanations of the subject that I have come across.

Follow this link to the audio (45 minutes, and well worth it) (more…)

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French Hospital MC
San Luis Obispo, CA

As the following example illustrates, the public is increasingly being presented with examples of the use of integrative medicine practices with conventional treatments for conditions like cancer in sessions like this hosted by a local hospital like French Hospital Medical Center.

Of interest in this presentation is the participation of a medical oncologist from a conventional cancer treatment center, a naturopathic physician (ND), a chef/nutritionist, as well as a survivor.

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Integrative Practitioners Where Are You?

Mayo Clinic’s new Center for Health Care Social Media has added 17 new member to its advisory board.  The full 30-member group includes MDs, RNs, advocates, patient reps, technologists, and privacy experts, including members from other countries, all of whom have been working to bring social media into hospital and healthcare settings.

Not unexpectedly, the group does not include anyone at work in integrative medicine, or in prevention and wellness.   (more…)

We said we are going to be a community center for well being.

Not your father's hospital meal

So begins the video below of Gerard van Grisven, CEO of Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield Michigan, describing the astonishing institutional commitment to nutrition and all natural food that his hospital has made to his patients and staff, but also to the wider community.  As in: no fryers, no freezers.  Served in part by a local farm.   But there is far more than that. (more…)

The Truth is In There: Mining for Integrative Medicine Outcomes

Consumer and practitioner demand may accelerate CAM inclusion in the inpatient settings, and hospital leadership should be … prepared to engage their constituencies regarding its place within the healthcare delivery construct.

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Newly blended collaborations on the integrative health landscape:

  • MD Anderson: $4.5 mm for study of Yoga and Cancer
  • Greenwhich (CT) Hospital: Healing Touch brings faster recuperation
  • Review of 14-years of research shows benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi

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And Its Confluence with Integrative Medicine, Outcomes and the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act

SM_logosIn the last 24 months, the rapid of adoption of social media elements by organizations of all kinds has started to gather up hospitals, where Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and flickr are becoming the engagement tools of choice.

Apart from reaching hospitals via those social media paragons, consumers have long been using web-based online support groups or patient communities, some designed for mutual support (“Pregnancy & Parenting Support”), others organized around research or clinical trials (“The Children’s Inn at NIH”), all of them completely patient-centric.

The rationale for these actions is by now simple to understand: the number of people using social media sites is huge and growing. The children of Baby (more…)