The Integrative Medicine Advisory Council (IMAC) recently awarded Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center $6,000 to expand the hospital’s Comfort Cart program and for the addition of a new IMAC Art Cart.
Volunteers at Conemaugh Memorial staffing the IMAC Art Cart will offer patients a choice of five 5x7 photos generously donated by local photographers, Carl Mahan and Catherine Jarvis Rohde.
The photos feature comforting scenes, including a beautiful sunset, a palm tree, a puppy dog, patriotic scene, and flowers. The goal is to offer patients a distraction from any pain or anxiety while evoking calm and comfort.
“I’m so pleased to see that healthcare is at a point where it is embracing the power of integrative medicine, “says Barry Ritko, IMAC member. “Traditionally in medicine, the focus has been solely on the body, but more and more hospitals and physicians are understanding the value of treating the person as a whole—mind, body, and spirit, and I’m delighted that Conemaugh Memorial is one of those hospitals.”
Along with the new IMAC Art Cart, the grant will provide funding to stock an additional Comfort Cart which will be housed at Memorial’s Lee Campus to service patients at Crichton Rehabilitation Center and the Transitional Care Unit. Currently, there are two Comfort Carts at the Main Campus, which offer patients a selection of amenities at no charge, including lip balm, lotion, word puzzle books, magazines, donated prayer shawls from local individuals and churches, and other items.
“The most rewarding part of this program is the community spirit and support for our patients,” says Susan Mann, President, Conemaugh Health Foundation. “In addition to the amazing efforts of IMAC, and Carl and Catherine who donated their photographs for our IMAC Art Cart, so many other community organizations, churches, and businesses have come forward to support our Comfort Carts through collection drives and donations. The program is touching thousands of lives and enhancing the care of our patients— something we are very proud of.”
IMAC was founded in 2003 to help individuals and healthcare providers learn more about the positive role that Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) can play in the healing process. In addition to the Comfort Cart program at Conemaugh coordinated through Volunteer Services, IMAC funding also supports Conemaugh’s Arts for Healing program and other CAM-related projects. IMAC programs are made possible through donations of individuals and companies who support IMAC’s mission to promote wholeness of mind, body and spirit to those who suffer from serious chronic illness.
To learn more about IMAC or to make a donation, visit the Conemaugh Health Foundation’s website at www.conemaugh.org/foundation . Those interested in volunteering or donating, call Volunteer Services at (814) 534-3903.
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