John Weeks January 2013 Integrator Round-up covering the topics of Integratve Healthcare Policy; Integrative Clinical Care; Academics & Education; International; Philanthropy; People

Resources to support the emerging field of hospital based massage therapy

A recent issue of Massage Today includes a useful feature, Help for Hospital-Based Massage Therapy, which offers a list of emerging resources for massage therapists and their perspective employers as hospitals and health systems increasingly add massage services for their clientele. The hospital-based massage therapy (HBMT) resources include: a new task force on the topic of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), led by MK Brennan, MS, RN, LBMT; a resource from the American Massage Therapy Association; and series of webinars with hospitals that have such programs, led by the article’s author, Tracy Walton, LMT, MS, and noted in the December Round-up. Walton reports that the intention of the task force is to serve as a “clearinghouse for HBMT information.” The ACCAHC group is seeking information on any HBMT programs. Contact Brennan at

From Google Alerts: links to integrative medicine developments in hospitals, health systems and community – January 2013

This monthly report includes 28 short segments on integrative medicine developments in health systems and the community for December 12, 2012-January 5, 2013. One might have expected fewer in a month in which one’s audience has little capacity to receive anything new.  The new initiatives at USC, Banner MD Anderson and Uniformed Services University may top the list, while the reach of Mayo’s program, funded originally via a grant from Lucy Gonda, is notable in four areas.