Regional Cancer Center Introduces Integrative Therapies
Integrative medicine combines cancer medical treatments and complementary
therapies to enhance wellness and quality of life during or after treatment.
Integrative therapy can help alleviate a wide range of physical side effects,
such as pain and fatigue, and offer support for the mind and spirit.
Recognizing the benefits of complementary therapies, the Regional Cancer
Center made Integrative Therapies available to all of their patients through
a select group of pre-screened providers. The Integrative Medicine Program
offers patients multiple options for treatment and support as part of
their care plan and provides cancer nurse navigators to help coordinate care.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Cancer Nurse Navigators, patients
can choose from therapies such as:
- Chiropractic Care
- Life Coaching
- Biofeedback, and others
Select integrative therapies are offered on-site at the Regional Cancer
Center at no cost. Patients may participate while receiving infusion services
or by making an appointment during available hours. Free onsite therapies include:
- Healing Touch
- Music Therapy
- Life Coaching
- Massage Therapy
- Spiritual Care
STAR Rehabilitation Program Earns National Recognition
Our community averages over 1,100 new cancer cases yearly. The treatments
often leave these cancer patients with debilitating side effects. Research
has shown that rehabilitation programs can decrease or eliminate many
of these side effects. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation partnered
with the Regional Cancer Center to provide our community with the nationally
recognized and evidence-based STAR Cancer Rehabilitation Program. Since
the go-live date of August 12, 2013, more than 130 patients have participated.
As a result, patient outcomes have improved; patient satisfaction rose
from 66% to 81%; the number of referrals jumped from 4 to 81; and revenue
has increased from $5,920 to $218,332.
Patients Maximize Mobility with Car Simulator
Private donors and the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation furnished Mary
Washington Hospital’s orthopaedic unit with a car simulator for
patients recovering from total hip or knee replacement, cardiac surgery,
stroke, or traumatic brain injury. It’s adjustable to replicate
the actual height of each patient’s vehicle and allows them to safely
practice getting in and out of their vehicle during supervised physical
therapy. After working with the simulator, patients have more confidence
about resuming driving once they have recovered.
Quality You Can See
Selecting a good hospital can be challenging. Hospital quality data is
gathered by independent agencies and public websites. See for yourself
how Mary Washington Healthcare’s hospitals regularly surpass national
averages for such important measures as actual patient outcomes and patient
satisfaction during hospital or outpatient visits. When you look at this
objective clinical data, we think you’ll agree that these statistics
show Mary Washington and Stafford Hospitals provide the highest quality
care. Here for you.