The Integrative Medicine Department at Highlands Hospital combines evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine with traditional or western medicine. “Integrative Medicine” thus refers to the synergistic blending of these two distinct types of care providing a more holistic approach to healing.
Integrative Medicine therapies are based on the body’s innate ability to heal itself. The focus is on the whole person- physical, emotional social and spiritual. Integrative Medicine involves nurturing touch, sensitive listening, comforting environment and social networking.
A partnership between patient/client and practitioner is essential to the healing process. We are the coach and facilitator but the driving force to heal comes from the heart of each individual. Integrative Medicine empowers each person with the skills to be in charge of his/her own health care.
The program at Highlands Hospital is designed to be gentle yet powerful using learned techniques to deal with stress and negative emotions. A few of the modalities that we use are breathing techniques, progressive relaxation and guided imagery, bio-energy techniques, HealthRHYTHMS ™ drumming and music therapy.
Highlands Hospital is pleased to welcome Jeanne Brinker RN BSN as an Integrative Medicine Healing Arts Practitioner to oversee the program. Jeanne is a consultant and pioneer in Integrative Medicine with 20 years of holistic health care experience in hospital and community environments. She was the former director of Integrative Medicine at Windber Medical Center. In that capacity, she has worked to bring complementary and alternative (CAM) to diverse patient populations from prenatal care, newborns and their families, pre and post-surgical care, critical and cardiac care, cancer survivors, hospice and palliative care, grief and loss support for families, incarcerated young adults and healthy teens, adults and seniors.