May 2012 John Weeks Round-up on Integrative Centers

Philanthropist-backed Casey health Institute to feature integrative medicine in a PCMH model; medical director sought

In 2010, Betty Casey, a philanthropist in the nation’s Beltway with an interest in integrative medicine, charged David Fogel, MD with coming up with an integrative model to place in a large building she owned. She had funds enough to support an significant exploration of models. In a write-up by long-time integrative medicine leader Alan Dumoff, JD, MSW, a consultant to the project, Dumoff ticks off key elements Fogel, MD and his spouse, Ilana Bar-Levay, MD selected in announcing the Casey Health Institute (CHI). Among these are shared medical appointments and a significant focus on collaboration and team care. This is built around a covey of functional medicine doctors, licensed acupuncturists, massage therapist, integrative nurses and others. The potential for CHI to be a significant national model is due to the choice to imbed this in a patient centered medical home (PCMH) structure. CHI could influence developments across the country as the PCMH model expands. There is a position open for a top-notch medical director. The job description at the bottom of Dumoff’s article

Comment: This is exciting business. Now what medical doctor will drop everything to step into this influential, experimental medical director role? 


Group acupuncture at Cleveland Clinic’s integrative center highlighted

The community acupuncture movement that grew out of a working class neighborhood in Northeast Portland, Oregon is making its way into academic medicine. An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer features a program begun last October by acupuncturist Jamie Starkey, LAc at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine in Lyndhurst. A six week pilot in which Starkey saw between 2-13 patient each week convinced Michael Roizen, MD, the clinic’s chief wellness officer and Tanya Edwards, MD, medical director for the center, to go ahead with the program. The pilot began using 10 recliners in an employee meditation room space.

Comment: Notably, to me, the reporter focused on a patient who was finding success with acupuncture for a number suffer from xerostomia. I can vouch for the value, in the group acupuncture format. I receiving treatment via Jordan VanVoast, LAc at the Communichi community acupuncture clinic in Seattle.


Briefly noted developments related to health system integrative medicine clinics

Here are some brief notes on developments in health system-based integrative clinics and initiatives:

  • Northwestern Integrative Medicine re-posted information about its philanthropy program here. The page describes a series of funds to net diverse donor interests.
  • Integrative medicine doctors at the University of Wisconsin will have a new home in a small part of  $241-million facility expansion.
  • The Simms-Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center was among the beneficiaries of a $400,000 Lance Armstrong Foundation grant via Aspen’s Pillars4Life.
  • A Baltimore Examiner article declared the University of Maryland integrative medicine’s first health conference a success. Some 500 turned out for an event featuring Andy Weil, MD.
  • Weil and another principal at University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Tieraona Lowdog, MD have engaged a relationship with product manufacturer Innate Response for what they call the “first seasonal therapeutic program.”
  • Kentucky-based St. Elizabeth’s Healthcare has opened a new integrative oncology program in Crestview Hills offering an array of integrative services.
  • Family Practice News published a piece on research carried out at the Women’s Heart Center at Cedars Sinai Hospital that found acupuncture to improve heart rate variability in CHD.
  • The University of Wisconsin Program in Integrative Medicine has updated their publicly available GERD module.
  • New Jersey’s Raritan Bay Medical Center had an open house for its integrative medicine center.
  • A CNN Money article notes that Susan and Henry Samueli, backers of the Susan Samueli Center at UC irvine, are among 12 more billionaires that have signed onto the Gate-Buffet pledge to give away at least 50% of their wealth in their lifetimes.
  • Cincinnati’s TriHealth Integrative Health & Medicine has added acupuncturist Diane Kloecker LAc, MSOM, Dipl.OM to their team.