Creating a hospital-based massage therapy service has it’s own set of considerations. Massage therapist Carolyn Tague will outline strategies and practical steps for developing a new, hospital-based massage therapy service. Working within a hospital or other care setting requires specific administrative skills, policies and procedures, and deliverables. Learn how to best utilize your time, energy, and network to create an integrative healthcare service within your hospital, skilled nursing facility, hospice, or other healthcare institution.
Carolyn Tague brings over 18 years of adult education and training development to her teaching and consulting work. For six years, Carolyn served as clinical faculty and supervisor in integrative medicine, specializing in massage therapy. She has trained professional CAM practitioners to work effectively and safely within a hospital setting and beyond. In addition to being clinical faculty, Carolyn served as an administrative supervisor overseeing the operation of a six-track, hospital-based integrative medicine education program in San Francisco. Tague Consulting courses and consulting services have been provided locally, nationally, and internationally. Courses include oncology, neurological challenges, and hospital-based massage therapy. Her consulting services include policies and procedures, forms, and staff development. Carolyn works in the pain clinic at Laguna Honda Hospital, a long-term skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, and maintains a private practice of somatic integrative bodywork. Carolyn serves on the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Task Force of ACIH, and the Education Committee of the Society for Oncology Massage.
The history of massage provides a foundation to understanding the benefits of massage therapy to both patients and institutions. Carolyn Tague focuses specifically on understanding massage therapy in acute care settings and for the inpatient.
Advocating for an inpatient massage therapy service can be challenging. Join Carolyn Tague as she discusses the benefits of a strong internal champion, reviews the administrative component of a hospital-based service, and identifies possible funding sources.
Adding a hospital-based massage therapy service will undoubtedly require infrastructure changes to any inpatient facility. Administrative deliverables such as funding, budgets, policies and procedures are reviewed in this chapter.
This course concludes by outlining how a hospital-based massage therapy service can be sustainable. Carolyn Tague discusses scheduling strategies, the importance of research and statistical reporting, as well as the pros and cons of self-pay versus philanthropic funding.
Join Carolyn Tague as she answers frequently asked questions about starting and maintaining a hospital-based massage therapy service.