Hospital-Based Massage Therapy: Successes, Challenges, and Sound Advice » Hospital-Based Massage Therapy at Beaumont Health System

Instructor: Tracy Walton

Hospital-Based Massage Therapy at Beaumont Health System

Beaumont Health System in Michigan employs 34 massage therapists at its 3 campuses, and 9 of those MTs are in full-time positions with benefits. Karen Armstrong, NCTM, describes how Beaumont has structured the massage program to provide nearly 12,000 massage sessions per year, across inpatient and outpatient settings. Physicians and nurses provide enthusiastic referrals. Massage therapy is highly visible across the hospital, available in most departments, and warmly received by patients.

Some things you will learn in this course:
• How Beaumont grew its massage program from a single idea to a thriving service in 7 years
• How massage therapists earn the respect of physicians and nurses across the hospital
• Why the hospital established "blanket orders" for in- and outpatient massage therapy
• How a massage therapist helped design the hospital's employee health benefits to include coverage for complementary therapies

Karen Armstrong, NCTM, is the Manager of Clinical Massage and the Director of the Oncology/Hospital Massage School at Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, Michigan. Karen also serves as the Chair of the Michigan Board of Massage Therapy and is a Director of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

Series: Hospital-Based Massage Therapy: Successes, Challenges, and Sound Advice


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Continuing Education Hours
Hospital-Based Massage Therapy at Boston Medical Center: 1.5
Hospital-Based Massage Therapy at MD Anderson Cancer Center: 1
Hospital-Based Massage Therapy at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center: 1
Hospital-Based Massage Therapy at Beaumont Health System: 1
Hospital-Based Massage Therapy at California Pacific Medical Center: 1
What Makes Hospital-Based Massage Work? A Panel Discussion: 1.5
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TOTAL: 7 CE hours

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