St. Elizabeth Announces Partnership with Essential Oils, Aromatherapy Company

St. Elizabeth Healthcare announced this week a partnership with doTERRA, a global aromatherapy and essential oils company.

In a news release, St. Elizabeth said that doTERRA will play a foundational role in the development of its Center for Integrative Oncology within the new Cancer Center that will open in 2020 in Edgewood.


“When the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center opens next fall, it will include nearly an entire floor of the building that is dedicated to the holistic, patient-centered approach to care known as integrative oncology,” said Garren Colvin, president and chief executive officer of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, in a news release. “We want patients (and their caregivers) to have as much support and access to resources as possible under one roof.” 

The doTERRA Center for Integrative Oncology will be more than 8,400 square feet on the first floor of the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center.

In a news release, the doTERRA Center was described as providing a calming space with holistic care options to complement St. E's comprehensive medical care, which would include essential oils and aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, and a spa-like atmosphere for patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Experts at St. Elizabeth will also conduct clinical trials related to complementary and alternative medicine, providing evidence-based options that may help patients better manage symptoms. 

“Our priority at St. Elizabeth is to offer the highest quality care and comfort to our patients and their loved ones,” said Dr. Doug Flora, executive medical director of oncology services at St. Elizabeth. “Adding supplemental resources will help improve the quality of life for our patients and families as they are going through diagnosis, treatment and into survivorship.” 

DoTERRA contributed $5 million to the St. Elizabeth Foundation Cancer Center Community Campaign, the largest donation ever received by the foundation.

“doTERRA is honored to join St. Elizabeth Healthcare in supporting patients undergoing cancer treatment,” said Dr. David Hill, founding executive, scientific & healthcare initiatives of doTERRA. “Going through chemotherapy, radiation and other related treatments are challenging experiences. We are pleased to help bring support to these individuals through the doTERRA Center for Integrative Oncology during their healing journey.” 

-Staff report