Officials at Wilcox Memorial Hospital announced in a press release they have been awarded a grant from the Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund to support a Healing Touch Level One class aimed at training new Healing Touch volunteers.
The grant was awarded to expand Wilcox Memorial Hospital’s Healing Touch program by giving scholarships to 15 people for Level I Healing Touch classes, set to be held over two days next month.
Once trained, the volunteers will be qualified to volunteer at Wilcox Memorial Hospital to provide Healing Touch to patients.
Scholarship recipients will be required to complete 50 hours of community service providing Healing Touch to Wilcox Memorial Hospital patients.
Healing Touch provides care and comfort to an individual through using gentle, non-invasive touch, and energy-based techniques, to balance and align the individual’s energy field, providing comfort, reducing pain, and enhancing the healing process.
Proof of the success of Healing Touch is evidenced by its acceptance by leaders at many major medical centers.
Mary Tutt, a volunteer at the hospital, said, “Healing Touch is a physical, emotional, and spiritual, one-on-one, healing therapy that I find is appreciated and gratefully accepted by patients, families and friends.
“It is not uncommon for a patient, complaining of pain and discomfort, to become relaxed and fall fast asleep before the treatment is completed,” Tutt said.
“I believe that I benefit from the experience as much as they do, and look forward to each session.”
Savitri Kumaran, a registered nurse at the hospital who has been teaching Healing Touch for many years, and as a nurse at Wilcox Memorial Hospital since 1990, recruiting trained volunteers to use their skills in helping patients to feel better during their hospitalization.
As instructor for the two-day course, she is enthusiastic about the possibility of increasing the numbers of members of the Healing Touch team at Wilcox.
According to Kumaran, the current corps of Healing Touch volunteers is not sufficient to respond to the number of requests for Healing Touch from Wilcox inpatients.
Additional volunteers will allow the program to better respond to requests from inpatients, and expand to appropriate outpatient services, such as chemotherapy, same-day surgery (pre- and post-surgery) and imaging.
The Level I class will be held March 11 and 12. It is a two-day, 16-hour course.
Those interested in becoming Healing Touch volunteers and applying for scholarships to attend the course should call 245-1005.