art is, or should be, the art of health rather than the art of sickness.” Mrs. Merriman was keenly aware of the relationship between healing and a person’s inner well-being when, in 1888, she penned her book, “What Shall Make Us Whole: Thoughts in the Direction of Man’s Spiritual and Physical Integrity.”
Today, as Memorial Hospital celebrates its 100th anniversary, it is partnering with Evergreen Institute for Wellness to offer a special event focused on an integrative approach to medicine and healing. On Saturday, Oct. 1, best-selling author Thomas Moore will take center stage at the Theater in the Wood to offer his insights on “A Healthy Body, Soul and spirit: Caring for the Soul in Medicine and in our Ordinary Lives.” An author and psychotherapist, Moore has written numerous books on cultivating spirituality, including “Care of the Soul”, “Writing in the Sand,” and “Life at Work.”
Moore’s contemporary voice aligns well with Mrs. Merriman’s early vision of the importance and value of treating the whole person.
Born in Detroit to an Irish Catholic family, Moore has devoted his life to the study of theology, world religions, psychology, the history of art, and world mythology. His newly published book, “Care of the Soul in Medicine,” represents his vision for improving health care by treating patients as whole persons – body, soul, and spirit. Today, more than 100 years after Mrs. Merriman’s writings, Moore’s message is one for all healthcare practitioners, patients and caregivers to embrace. “The future of medicine is not only in new technical developments and research discoveries; it is also in ppreciating the state of soul and spirit in illness,” he says in his book.
Moore encourages healthcare providers and patients to re-examine their interpretation of illness and helps to clarify, in practical terms, what it means to give and receive care. Dr. Deb Butterfield, an integrative psychotherapist and member of Evergreen’s board of directors, says Evergreen is committed to expanding people’s understanding about a holistic or integrative approach to wellness. “We believe that best practice in treating an illness involves treatment of the whole person,” she explained. “An integrative approach addresses emotional, spiritual, mental and physical needs. It brings back meaning to all that is happening for the patient and all that the health care
provider and the institution such as a hospital is doing in their role and capacity as a facilitator of healing.”
According to Butterfield, the co-sponsorship between Evergreen and Memorial models the
integration that the organization seeks to create and encourage. “Some of the most successful models for true integrative practice in the U.S. exist in
settings where a hospital and a non-profit such as Evergreen have come together,” she said. “For the residents of Mt. Washington Valley and practitioners who seek to live and practice here, there is the potential to take practical and relatively easy steps to bring Mrs. Merriman’s vision to its fullest expression.”
Memorial Hospital’s CEO, echoed those sentiments. “We are very pleased to
have an opportunity to partner with Evergreen and to have several of our
Memorial Hospital providers speak on the topic of emerging ways to treat the
mind, body and spirit,” he said. “Our hospital’s founder wrote passionately
about this approach more than a hundred years ago, and we feel that we are
coming full circle to address what she described as ‘the art of health rather
than the art of sickness’.”
day’s activities begin with Moore’s presentation from 10-11:30am, followed by a
break for lunch, which is available on-site for purchase from The Local Grocer.
Moore will be available to sign copies of his book. The afternoon program kicks
off at 12:30pm and features several Memorial Hospital practitioners discussing
their approaches to the integration of holistic health in a modern medical
sessions include “Acupuncture in Family Medicine” by Angus Badger, MD; “Whole
Women/Whole Health” with Kerrie Trumble-Curtin, CNM, APRN and Linda Haller, MD;
“Osteopathic Options in Family Medicine” by Warren Chin, DO; “Engaging your
Provider to Better Manage your Health” by Leona Cloutier, APRN Nurse
Practitioner; and “The Future of Healthcare – The Patient Centered Model” with
Raymond Rabideau, MD. The afternoon program concludes with a Q&A roundtable
are $25 for the whole day, and 5 hours of CMEs are available for healthcare
professionals. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.evergreenforwellness.org or at the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of
Commerce website, www.mtwashingtonvalley.org. Tickets can also be purchased in person at
Memorial Hospital’s Quality Department or Marketing & Development
Office. Seating is limited so early reservations are encouraged.
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 651-7475.