Hospital-Based Massage Therapy: Successes, Challenges, and Sound Advice » Hospital-Based Massage Therapy at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Instructor: Tracy Walton

Hospital-Based Massage Therapy at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, bedside massage therapy care has been the primary focus of the massage program for nearly 30 years. Inpatient massage occurs on almost every unit, including palliative care, hematology/oncology, the birthing pavilion, pediatric ICU, cardiac, orthopedics, and psychiatric services. Outpatient on-site massage is offered for cancer patients and their families. At DHMC, all massage sessions are free. Briane Pinkson, LPN, LMT, shares the growth process: from her initial vision in 1983 to the highly-prized program it has become.

Some things you will learn in this course:

• How 3 years of trying to start a massage program eventually succeeded
• How a handful of therapists can make up an effective, sustainable, and lasting program
• Specific recommendations for massage therapists preparing for hospital work
• The importance of peer supervision and support for hospital based massage therapists

Briane Pinkson, LPN, LMT, is the Healing Arts Practitioner at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where she began providing massage in 1983. On her days off, Briane provides free in-home massage for people with advanced cancer through the nonprofit Hand to Heart project in mid-central Vermont and New Hampshire.

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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