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Mercy Medical Center, Durango

28 Oct
We salute the fabulous TLC Team (Touch, Love and Compassion) at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Colorado, part of a creative, new integrative medicine initiative spearheaded by Pam Kirchner MD, Medical Director of Integrative Care at the hospital, and her merrye band of gifted practitioners. The TLC team provides imagery, music, aromatherapy and gentle hands-on techniques at the bedside of hospitalized patients, in order to relieve stress, fear, isolation and pain.
We salute the fabulous TLC Team (Touch, Love and Compassion) at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Colorado, part of a creative, new integrative medicine initiative spearheaded by Pam Kirchner MD, Medical Director of Integrative Care at the hospital, and her merrye band of gifted practitioners. The TLC team provides imagery, music, aromatherapy and gentle hands-on techniques at the bedside of hospitalized patients, in order to relieve stress, fear, isolation and pain.

Since the program has been in operation, various evaluation and outcome statistics have shown that these integrative methods do indeed relieve pain and anxiety, and that patient and staff satisfaction have greatly increased since the program’s inception.


Pictured here, starting on the far left, is Susie Hubertus RN, Wellness Center Manager; next to her, Pam Kirchner, Medical Director of Integrative Care at Mercy; standing at the top, left of the cross, is Janet Wilson RN, MS, HNC, then Suzanne Bolton RN,C., HNC; right below her is Mary Ellen Albright RN, M.Ac., L.Ac; below her, Diana McKenna, Director of Mission and Spiritual Care; sitting down is Melinda Mical RN,C., NMT - an awesome crew with a lot of credentials, training, skill, love and compassion - and pretty darned good-looking, too! (Three teammates not pictured are Dianne Donovan RN, Jeanine Justice MS, EP, Myra Miller, MA, RD.

Humane healing programs like this, which introduce holistic therapies to hospitalized patients, enhance and humanize standard hospital care. We are so very gratified to see them appearing all over the country, thanks to visionary docs like Pam Kirchner and their talented colleagues.

You can learn more about the program and the wider context of Integrative Care at Mercy by clicking on http://www.pamkircher.com/intg-med/index.htm .