Beaumont Health System is now offering its growing integrative medicine program — which combines Eastern and Western practices to enhance healing and relieve stress — to the Grosse Pointe area.
“The beauty of the program is true integration, and great traditional care with evidence-based holistic medicine,” says Gail Elliott-Patricolo, director of the program.
Elliott-Patricolo says the program began as an extension of cancer treatment nearly 10 years ago, and grew to incorporate several other programs, including cardiac care and women’s medicine. Today, integrative medicine is now available at the hospital’s Troy, Royal Oak, Rochester Hills, and Sterling Heights locations — and now in Grosse Pointe Farms at Beaumont’s Vein Center on Kercheval.
Treatments offered at the locations include acupuncture, clinical massage, cranial sacral therapy, and therapeutic energy touch. The other locations also offer neuropathic medicine, guided imagery, reflexology, and gentle yoga.
Funded by Beaumont and private donations, the program includes nearly 60 employees who worked with 18,000 patient appointments last year. With the expansion to Grosse Pointe, that number should increase to 20,000 visits by the end of the year. Elliott-Patricolo expects the program to expand next year.
“We are constantly growing,” she says. “Every year, we have had exponential growth.”