MEDINA: Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital recently opened the Logsdon Family Wellness Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine to provide expert care for patients who are interested in taking a holistic approach to their health.
The center, supported by a generous gift from David Logsdon and his late wife, Jan, in 2019 is located inside the hospital (1000 E. Washington St., Medina).
Integrative and lifestyle medicine can complement medical care of patients with diseases in which treatments can affect a person’s overall health, such as cancer. It is also beneficial for those with chronic conditions (such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and heart disease) or troubling symptoms (such as fatigue, insomnia, nausea, pain, anxiety and stress). Practitioners often work closely with various medical specialties ‒ such as primary care, oncology and pain management ‒ to treat patients in tandem with traditional medicine.
“We are pleased to be able to bring to the Medina area this progressive approach to healthcare, in which we address each person’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being,” said Richard Shewbridge, M.D., president of Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital. “Integrative medicine can bring a level of healing that is beneficial to many patients.”
Integrative and lifestyle medicine treats patients with a holistic approach ‒ medically or through alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, diet, exercise, music therapy, aromatherapy and meditation, all of which can help pain, anxiety, stress, nausea or fatigue. These treatments do not replace traditional treatment regimens or primary care providers or medical specialists, but are used to augment those approaches to help patients achieve greater overall health.
“In integrative and lifestyle medicine, we teach patients that our genes are not our destiny; we have a lot of control over how well we live and how long we live,” said Maria Hochendoner, a certified nurse practitioner who specializes in lifestyle medicine at Medina Hospital. “Making small changes in our daily lives can have a profound impact on our health.”
This can be particularly true for patients who have chronic conditions or who are going through treatments such as chemotherapy and are experiencing side effects such as nausea, tiredness and muscle pain.
The Logsdons learned firsthand about the value of nontraditional pain relief options when a healing services therapist visited Mrs. Logsdon in Medina Hospital while she was battling cancer. The therapist’s services helped create an atmosphere of care and compassion that comforted the couple during a difficult time. Mrs. Logsdon passed away in March 2018. The couple was married for 42 years.
Patients at the Logsdon Center will first see Hochendoner, who will conduct a thorough assessment of their needs and work with them to develop a plan for which therapies could most benefit them. Some of the therapies are available at Medina Hospital, and more will be added throughout the year. Others are available at Cleveland Clinic’s Strongsville Family Health and Surgery Center.
“What I truly love about integrative and lifestyle medicine is the ability to craft a personalized treatment plan for each patient and the amount of quality time practitioners are able to dedicate to helping them reach their health goals,” she said.
Hochendoner is available for in-person or virtual consultations. Patients can call 216.448.4325 to schedule an appointment with her.