Healwell is Growing Up!

It’s already been a big year for Healwell and the second half of 2017 promises to continue the same trend.  You are our community and it is because of your support, your sharing of our courses and our announcements and our programs that we have been able to grow and grow.  Your support makes a difference every day.

Check out all the ways Healwell is growing up!

Dr. Hunter Groninger, Director, Palliative Care, Anne Kelemen, LICSW, Katherine LaVelle, Healwell Board Member, Lucille A. Eddy, Healwell Program Director, Kerry Jordan, Healwell Operations, Mika Standard, Senior Philanthropy Officer, MedStar, Lauren Cates, Healwell Executive Director attending MedStar Health Research Institute's Annual Research Symposium

Dr. Hunter Groninger, Director, Palliative Care, Anne Kelemen, LICSW, Katherine LaVelle, Healwell Board Member, Lucille A. Eddy, Healwell Program Director, Kerry Jordan, Healwell Operations, Mika Standard, Senior Philanthropy Officer, MedStar, Lauren Cates, Healwell Executive Director attending MedStar Health Research Institute’s Annual Research Symposium

Generous grants from long-time Healwell supporter, The Palmer Foundation, and The Charles and Mary Latham Fund have opened the door to an exciting partnership with MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Health Research Institute to conduct two important hospital-based massage therapy studies; a 12-week pilot study and a 2-year dosing study, both measuring the effect of massage therapy on quality of life and overall experience of care.  These studies will not only bring comfort to hundreds of palliative care patients who participate in them, but the data we collect will provide essential support for a much-needed roadmap toward meaningful integration of massage therapy as a standard of care.

The two-year massage therapy dosing study will launch this fall and we are already underway treating patients in the Latham-funded palliative massage pilot project.

Meanwhile, Healwell has become an active member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, broadening our local foothold with Arlington business leaders.  On the national stage, Healwell has become an active voice in an advancing conversation about national standards for the safe practice of oncology massage.

We have also been invited to participate in the recently-launched National Migraine Coalition.  The Coalition brings together unique stakeholders in the employer, wellness, and disability and migraine awareness sectors to better address the economic impact of this important health issue.  The time is right for broad collaboration across sectors to bring real health and resources to people who have been without them for so long.

Nancy Keeney Smith, teaching Traumatic Scar Management (notice another scar tissue education heavy hitter, Jamie Elswick looking on over Nancy’s right shoulder)

This year also saw a handful of sold-out courses taught by the Healwell team as well as guest instructors, Nancy Keeney Smith, Cathy Ryan and Jamie Elswick.  We have focused our offerings and continue to provide a path for advanced practice with new material and innovative partnerships.

Our hands-on programs at Children’s National Medical Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Virginia Hospital Center all continue to do incredible work and build new relationships as patient and regulatory demand increase for integrative nonpharmacologic therapies like massage therapy.  Healwell is in perfect position to answer the growing call because of you and this strong community of like-minded humans who know that touch is not a luxury and connection is key to healing.

We’re looking forward to sharing the data we’re collecting, the courses we’re creating and comfort we’re providing and we’re so grateful to you for your ongoing support and excitement about the future.

Another way in which Healwell has grown up is that we have recently engaged with an exciting online platform to make donating to Healwell even simpler than before with the tools provided by Network for Good.  We’re thrilled to be growing our community of folks who are making monthly contributions that are easy on the checkbook, but big on impact.  Go check out our new look and see what our new platform can do for you in your desire to support Healwell.