Our Mission to Achieve Optimal Health
The mission of the University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network is to help you achieve optimal physical, emotional and psychological health.
What is “optimal health”? We define it as the pursuit of well-being, regardless of the presence or absence of disease. Our services are designed to be tailored to you as an individual, so you achieve your unique goals and your own level of optimal health.
Our focus is on who patients are as people; our holistic approach is evidence-based and scientifically validated. UH Connor Integrative Health Network practitioners collaborate with patients, their physicians and specialists within other University Hospitals programs to develop a coordinated and multidisciplinary treatment plan.
Integrative Therapies Supplement Traditional Healing
UH Connor Integrative Health Network, and integrative medicine itself, share a theme of connection. We offer therapies and services that work alongside traditional medical therapies to prevent illness, and those that touch and heal the body, mind and spirit.
These services – which range from acupuncture and massage therapy, to teaching various stress management techniques – are designed to supplement traditional healing. Integrative care is patient-centered care, and it is about the collaboration between patients and the practitioners who help them heal.
Holistic Evidence-Based Approach
University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network exists because many patients now seek health and well-being without having to choose between “traditional” or “non-traditional” services and treatments. As a renowned medical center and teaching hospital, we also have a growing number of health care professionals who want their patients to be able to incorporate “non-traditional” services in their desire for optimal health.
It is important to note that there is a difference between alternative medicine and integrative medicine. Alternative medicine is generally designed to replace current physician care and treatment. Integrative medicine, however, creates a partnership between a patient's current team of providers and complementary treatments, such as acupuncture or massage therapy.