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About University Hospitals Connor Whole Health

Updated: Jun 3

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University Hospitals (UH) Connor Whole Health was founded in 2011 under the leadership of Dr. Francoise Adan, UH Chief Whole Health and Well-Being Officer and Director of UH Connor Whole Health, as the result of a generous gift from Sara and Chris Connor. As the demand for evidence-based integrative services has grown, UH Connor Whole Health has expanded from a single location at UH Ahuja Medical Center to four outpatient and 10 inpatient locations throughout the UH system, including UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center. More than 65 caregivers are integrated throughout the system and work closely with each patient’s entire treatment team to  provide whole health services including: acupuncture, chiropractic, expressive therapies (art, dance, and music), health coaching, integrative/lifestyle medicine consultations (adult and pediatric), integrative oncology, massage therapy, mind-body classes and workshops (meditation, mindfulness, stress management and resilience training, yoga), and yoga therapy.

The Whole Health approach empowers and equips each patient to take charge of their physical, mental, spiritual, and environmental well-being in order to live a full and meaningful life, shifting the conversation from “what is the matter with you” to “what matters to you.” By defining and linking the patient’s larger purpose and life goals to their lifestyle, healthcare providers foster a patient-centered approach that leads to quality experiences and better results.

“UH’s goal is to be the most trusted healthcare partner in Northeast Ohio and UH Connor Whole Health furthers that objective because our program is relationship-based,” reports Dr. Adan. “The Whole Health approach has also been shown to have a positive impact on a healthcare system’s employee well-being with lower turnover, greater job satisfaction, and reduced burnout.” The COVID-19 pandemic further illuminated the value of Whole Health, as Dr. Adan explains: “The pandemic has caused unprecedented stress in our lives and science has proven that stress leads to and exacerbates numerous health issues. I am incredibly proud of our team for their resourcefulness and resilience in reimagining the ways we have cared for the community and our own UH caregivers. Our goal is to build on the extremely successful evidence-based programs we’ve already deployed to ensure continuous improvement in delivery, caregiver and patient satisfaction, positive health outcomes, and patient engagement with the UH system.”

UH Connor Whole Health is dedicated to training future practitioners through its partnerships with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, and others, as well as its Expressive Therapy Internship Program. Also well-known for its robust research programs, UH Connor Whole Health focuses on studies designed to influence policy change in integrative medicine. UH Connor Whole Health receives continued support from UH leadership, colleagues, and community members to bring Whole Health to Northeast Ohio and beyond.

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