Massage Therapy Program at Blessing Hospital Part One [Research Perch]

Posted:Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hospital-based massage programs are on the rise as care providers seek non-pharmacological modalities for pain and stress relief.

Learn more about hospital-based massage therapy by tuning in to MTF’s two-part Research Perch podcast interview with guests Laura Bliven-Leapley, RN, MSN, NE-BC, RN-BC, BS, and Karen Kerns, M.S., CCC-SLP, MBA, and Cynthia Spake, B.S.Ed., LMT, from the Massage Therapy Program at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, Illinois.

In Part One, learn about the reasons for and inspiration behind the massage therapy program at Blessing Hospital and how it works. Watch Part Two here to learn the details of how Blessing’s MT Program works, how it has affected patients patient care, and what it is like to be a massage therapist in this setting.

You can also download an audio-only version of this episode here.

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About Blessing Hospital

Blessing Hospital is a 307-bed acute care hospital in the west central Illinois community of Quincy. It is a not-for-profit, community-based provider founded in 1875. Blessing offers the most comprehensive healthcare services in a 100 mile radius, meeting the needs of people from west central Illinois, northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa.

During the last fiscal year, Blessing experienced more than 15,000 inpatient admissions; and nearly 300,000 outpatient encounters.

Care available includes, but is not limited to, an Emergency Center with Level II Trauma status; nationally accredited cancer center offering medical and radiation oncology services; a heart & vascular center featuring cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology and open heart surgery; surgical department including a hybrid operating suite; inpatient behavioral care; and hospice and home care.

Blessing holds a number of national recognitions including those for heart attack and stroke care; and is currently recognized by US News and World Report as a High Performing Hospital in colon cancer surgery and in the care of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure.
Blessing Hospital employs 2,400 people.

The hospital is a member of the Blessing Health System. The system also includes the parent company, Blessing Corporate Services; two nationally accredited physician group practices; a critical access hospital in the neighboring Illinois county of Pike; a four year college of nursing and health sciences; a charitable foundation; and a company that markets durable medical equipment, biomedical services, and institutional laundry services to healthcare providers.

Want to learn more? Click here to check out MTF’s Hospital Based Massage Therapy page.

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