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Hospital for Special Surgery Opens Integrative Care Center in Midtown Manhattan

Specialized Center Combines Traditional and Alternative Therapies to Treat Musculoskeletal and Rheumatological Conditions

New York, NY—October 15, 2001

Both traditional and alternative medicine therapies will be included in the new Integrative Care Center (ICC) opened today by Hospital for Special Surgery. The ICC, conveniently located in midtown Manhattan, was designed to provide patients who have arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions with effective, safe, evidence-based alternative medicine in conjunction with traditional therapies. Research at the ICC will be aimed at testing the effectiveness of these approaches to patient care. In addition to offering a variety of therapies and services at the ICC, the Center will also focus on research aimed at testing the effectiveness of alternative and traditional medical treatments to patient care.

“At HSS, our goal is to provide our patients with the best, most effective treatments for their conditions. We have become increasingly aware of the significant use and effectiveness of alternative therapies. As a leading research and treatment hospital for orthopedics and rheumatology, it is our responsibility to define safe, effective alternative therapies and provide them to patients in a controlled setting,” said John R. Reynolds, president and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery.

HSS is ranked as the #1 hospital in the Northeast for orthopedics and rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report. HSS’s Integrative Care Center will provide a wide array of orthopedic and rheumatologic services as well as a full range of physical therapy programs for individuals and groups. The alternative care services will include tai-chi, yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture and mind body therapy. The staff of the ICC includes internists, rheumatologists, orthopedists, physiatrists, licensed physical therapists, registered dieticians and medical acupuncturists. The alternative care providers currently include massage therapists, a fully certified Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturist, a yoga expert, and a mind body therapist.

Dr. Ronald MacKenzie, Medical Director of the Integrative Care Center, added, “The goal of the Center is to offer our patients the best medicine of today and tomorrow – whether that would include traditional remedies or new therapies which have recently generated public interest. This comprehensive approach is ideally suited to individuals interested in preventive health services as well as individuals with complex medical conditions such as back pain and arthritis.”

Research at the ICC will be conducted to look at the efficacy of alternative therapies in conjunction with, or independent of, traditional ones. Current research includes a study on acupuncture in the relief of back pain in older patients, which will be completed in 2002. JeMe Cioppa-Mosca, Administrative Director of the ICC, noted, “The Center's emphasis on research and outcome studies will provide evidence which will guide the implementation of effective alternative treatments integrated with traditional medical care.”

The ICC is located in a convenient midtown location at 635 Madison Avenue (between East 59 and East 60 Streets) This feng shui-designed Center offers patients a variety of traditional medical services and alternative therapies individually and in classes. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am-7:00 pm. For additional information or appointments, call 212.224.7900 or fax 212.755.5634. The founding of the Integrative Care Center was made possible through the generosity of the Kohlberg Foundation.

“The decision to fund the Integrative Care Center was based on the HSS's outstanding reputation as a leader in orthopedics and rheumatology. We are very impressed by the collaborative culture that exists among its widely respected researchers, scientists and physicians,” stated Jerome Kohlberg of the Kohlberg Foundation.


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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