November/December 2007

LakeWood Begins Integrative Care Initiative


LakeWood Health Center, Baudette, Minn., is sharing in a grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership for training in complementary and alternative modalities (CAM). With the support of the $906,321 grant, Northland Community and Technical College will provide training in CAM treatments to staff at LakeWood and two other hospitals in northwestern Minnesota. The goal of this initiative is to improve patient outcomes, reduce health care costs and increase skill capacities in that part of the state. The modalities taught will include guided imagery, light therapy, aromatherapy, mind/body healing, music therapy, reflexology and emotional freedom techniques. LakeWood anticipates having at least 50 staff members trained in each modality by October 31, 2009. Each modality will be considered for patient care in LakeWood’s acute care, long-term care, clinic, home health, hospice and assisted living services. For more information, contact Tanya Hasbargen of LakeWood at tanyahasbargen@catholichealth.net.