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Beth Israel Receives Grant for Integrative Stress Management for Staff

Monday May 30, 2011
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The Continuum Center for Health and Healing and Beth Israel Medical Center’s Department of Integrative Medicine received a grant of $450,000 from the Charles Evans Foundation, a private family foundation that will fund an integrative stress management program for nurses and clinical support staff at the medical center.

The Charles Evans Integrative Stress Management Program is designed as a “Mobile Therapy Station” with holistic nurses traveling to each nursing unit daily to provide sessions in relaxation, stress management and self-care techniques using a variety of integrative modalities, such as breathing techniques, imagery, meditation, biofeedback, aromatherapy, reiki and healing touch.

Studies have shown stress interferes with mental processes such as memory, concentration, judgment and decision-making. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stress is the single highest cause of worker absenteeism.

The Department of Integrative Medicine plans to work closely with nursing administration and nursing education to implement the program.

Charles Evans was the founder of clothing line Evan-Picone, a real estate developer and movie producer. He was a leading supporter of Alzheimer’s disease research and the crusade to educate the public about smoke detectors. Evans’ father suffered from Alzheimer’s, and he lost family in a fire.