The Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center (BIMC) aims to introduce and incorporate the integrative medicine approach to the inpatient and outpatient facilities throughout BIMC, working with other departments and their respective directors. Since the Department's inception in 2007 under the leadership of Dr. Woodson Merrell, Chairman, the Department helps to coordinate integrative programs within BIMC and develops new clinical, research and educational programs.
The outpatient unit of the Department at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing (CCHH) has served as the initial introduction of Integrative Medicine to BIMC since its inception in 2000 and continues to be an international model for integrative healthcare, research and education. The CCHH is also the administrative and leadership core of the Department.
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More information about the CCHH can be found at www.healthandhealingny.org.
As defined by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, "Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing." Integrative Medicine blends expanded healing options, including indigenous medical practices, with traditional Western medical care. In the past, these indigenous practices and modalities were referred to as complementary and alternative approaches.