Integrative & Holistic Medicine
St. Peter's Hospital was one of the first in the region to adopt and integrate holistic therapies into our wide range of health care services. Holistic therapies are energy based and mind-body healing treatments that re-energize and rebalance the body, mind, emotions and spirit. They address the underlying causes of disease and discomfort by recognizing that thoughts, feelings, attitudes and beliefs are major contributors to both illness and recovery.
Clinical research studies show that holistic therapies, used either alone or combined with conventional care, are important in healing illness and fostering wellness. Benefits include acute and chronic pain relief, increased immunity, reduced anxiety, faster recovery from surgery, and improved ability to relax. Patients may request these therapies for themselves or be referred by family and friends, as well as any hospital staff member.
Holistic therapy services are provided at no charge by St. Peter’s Hospital practitioners to inpatients in the acute care setting. Informational and educational sessions on holistic self care, and locally based services are also available to outpatients, and persons in the larger community.
Insurance coverage for holistic therapies following your hospitalization may be available. Please contact your provider with inquiries. For more information about Holistic and Integrative Medicine, call 525-1174.
The Holistic and Integrative Therapy program at St. Peter's Hospital has been recognized for participation in clinical nursing research by the Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses Association and the New York State Perinatal Association, for the use of psycho-acoustic music for mothers of NICU infants, the American Society of Perianethesia Nurses Association on the use of music intervention for pre-operative cancer patients and by the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses for the use of guided imagery in post-operative orthopedic patients. It receives numerous annual invitations for educational presentations from community-based agencies, colleges, and other health care facilities in the surrounding region. The program has received funding from the NYS Department of Labor, McAuley Society, Monroe Institute, Helping Hands Charitable Gifts, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation, the American Massage Therapy Association, and the KAPL Community Relations Project. It has also maintained long standing representation on the hospital's Pain Management and Medical Library Committees as well as the hospital’s Institutional Review Board.