Jan 29, 2009 -
In the summer of 2008, a complementary program was introduced to patients at ECHN's two hospitals, Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) and Rockville General Hospital (RGH), called, Healing Hands/Touching Hearts. The pioneers of the program are ECHN volunteers who were provided training in the art of therapeutic hand massage and guided imagery.
According to patient surveys, the program has been well-received. "An excellent program," said one patient. "In addition to the obvious benefit received from the relaxation, the volunteers are really concerned with my health and well-being. Please continue." Another patient said, "I had severe pain in my face, and this seemed to help relieve it. I gave the pain a rating of 30 before, and now I don't feel the pain."
The volunteers travel to each unit in the hospitals seeking patients who are interested in the service. Currently, there are six volunteers in the program. "We couldn't be more pleased with the outcome of this program," says Barbara Chamberland, Volunteer Manager. "The volunteers feel good about what they are doing, and the patients are comforted and relaxed."
Anyone who would like to learn more about the Healing Hands/Touching Hearts Program at ECHN should contact Barbara Chamberland at (860) 647-6841.