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Brief Notes, Links and Personnel News - June 2, 2006 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Brief Notes, Links and Personnel News #3 - June 2, 2006

Miscellaneous/People

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Shor: IM clinic leader now in worker's comp
Michael Shor, MPH,
former integrative clinic developer and then director of business development with Marino Center for Progressive Health is presently working in workers' comp managed care as managing director, Best Doctors Occupational Health Institute. Shor distinguished himself in the integrative clinic world for his attention to making the cost-case for integration. In a note to IBN&R, Shor states: "I have learned something very, very interesting about the process of integration. Here I am, a fairly knowledgeable guy when it comes to CAM. I now work in an environment that is very highly focused on quality of care, and while there are numerous opportunities where a CAM intervention might help, (CAM) is such a small piece of the activity going on that it gets put on the rear burner (so we can) deal with the myriad of other allopathic issues" ...
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Keppler: President of ND mothership as it hits 50
  The National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 28th. NCNM was founded in 1956 at the nadir of the naturopathic profession's roller-coaster 20th century life.
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Davis: holistic resource -integrator, post Deaconness
From 1956-1982, when the (then) John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine graduated its first class, NCNM offered the only program for naturopathic medical education which was recognized by the dwindling number of states with licensing. The institution, presently led by long-time public health educator and accreditation expert William Keppler, PhD, now also houses an acupuncture program and has been officially renamed National College of Natural Medicine ... Mary Beth Davis, RN, the holistic nurse who worked at the heart of efforts to enhance holistic programming at Deaconness Health System, in Evanston, Indiana, from 1993-2005, is now on her own as Holistic Health Resources, LLC. The 350-bed teaching hospital at the center of the Deaconess system, which regularly finds itself on "best of" lists, developed an array of holistic educational resources programs under Davis' prodding leadership ...



Condition/group
for which massage
is offered in
hospitals which
offer massage


 
Stress management
for patients
 71% 
Stress management
for staff
 67%
 Pain management  67%
 Cancer patients
 52% 
 Mobility/movement  52% 
 Pregnant women
 51% 
 Part of physical therapy
 50% 
Hospice/end-of-life care
 37%
Edema
 33%
Infants
 24%
Post-operative care
 25%
 Pre-operative care

 17%

Hospitals and Health Systems: Massage in Hospitals, plus

A release by the American Massage Therapy Association (May 24, 2006) gives us a window into the bi-annual survey of hospitals on Image CAM-IM undertaken by Health Forum, the American Hospital Association's for-profit susidiary. AMTA, directed by Liz Lucas, has 55,000 massage therapist members. The number of hospitals reporting use of massage jumped by one-third, from 219 to 289. However, the percent of respondents stating they had massage remained approximately the same, at roughly 22%, since the response to the Health Forum survey jumped from 1007 to 1394 hospitals. The table provides data on conditions for which services are offered ... 

A couple of colleagues have suggested I make known to you a rather unfriendly, but pointed, little internet allegory called The Town of Allopath. The viewing starts slowly but is awfully perfect more than once as one learns the diagnosis, and cure, then community economic buy-in for the scientifically-derived notion that "skid mark disease" is the cause of the town's chronic traffic accident problem. The "Roadaceutical" industry has a fitting remedy  ..
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Richard Panico, MD, on Yoga in Athens Regional
Thriving Yoga-based mind body stress reduction programs at the Athens Regional Medical Center are now helping out 500-700 people a month, topping over 2000 last quarter. The program, led by Richard A. Panico, MD. Yoga is part of a broader CAM-IM program which is well-featured on the website of the Athens, Georgia health system ...  If we are to speak of the whole living system in which CAM-IM and the rest of medicine seeks to create health, one useful prescription might be the "28 Words that Could Save the World" recommended by a Sun magazine writer for placing in all corporate charters: "The duty of directors henceforth shall be to make money for shareholders but not at the expense of the environment, human rights, public health and safety, dignity of employees and the welfare of the communities in which the company operates." One wouldn't anticipate any compliance problems ...

Samaritan  IM-CAM
Movement into the Black

  2002
 2006  
Visits month  30+  450 
Total patients/year
50 1200
(2005)
 
Revenue/month
 
 $4500*
 
$49,500
 
First "hit black"
  2005 
* Ave. first 6 months.    
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Samaritan's IM director Mary Ann Wallace, MD
Mary Ann Wallace, MD,
director of integrative medicine for Eugene, Oregon-based Samaritan Health System who shared an outline of her program services in an earlier  IBN&R article, has provided a brief data update on the program's growth to it's current, general pattern of working "in the black." These data are in the table. Wallace notes the clinic is not yet always running in the black - "sometimes a little pink" - but that the clinic is essentially out of the woods. At its current pace, totally revenues will top $600,000 in a 12 month period. Wallace adds that this work was accomplished without foundation support: "The clinic is operating without donor subsidy."


Reading Around

Image For those looking to stay in touch with the natural products industry from the industry's perspective, that sector's industry bible, the Natural Foods Merchandiser, is available at no charge electronically  ... Sheila Quinn called my attention to a recent Medscape posting (May 22, 2006) entitled "Elephant Pharmacy Integrates Traditional and Alternative Therapies." The 3-store Elephant Pharmacy chain, founded in Berkeley, California, in 2002, practices "integrative pharmacy" in both products sold and professionals on staff to assist clients. Image Both RPh and ND were noted. An onsite classroom is used throughout the week for a wide array of free classes taught by community professionals. UCSF clinical professor of pharmacy Paul W. Lotholm, PharmD is quoted as calling the Elephant model "the store of the future" ... From deep in Tennessee, professor Michael Betz, PhD, has recently published a personal account of his journey with natural health care, Enriching Health. I haven't seen the book, but find virtually any CAM-IM news from the southern midlands of interest ...



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