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Orange Regional Medical Center Complementary Inpatient Reiki and Aromatherapy Programs Receive Funding

December 23, 2015

Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate a new Complementary Therapy Room, funded by the Corinne Feller Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research and Awareness.

“When my sister’s illness took a turn for the worst, it was a small miracle when a nurse could lessen her pain with Reiki therapy,” said Nicole Feller Lee, Founder of the Corinne Feller Memorial Fund. “Nothing would honor Corinne’s memory more than the deliverance of pain relief to future patients through complementary therapies at Orange Regional Medical Center.”

Pictured from Left to Right: Nursing Director of Oncology Care Services, Sharon Geidel; Public Relations and Marketing Administrator, Robert Lee; Registered Nurse, Monica DelRosso; Orange Regional Medical Center Board of Directors Chairman, Terrance L. Olivio; Corinne Feller Memorial Fund for Ovarian Research and Awareness Founder, Nicole Feller Lee; Corinne Feller Scholarship Fund Founder, Anita Feller; Corinne Feller Scholarship Fund Founder, Ron Feller; Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care, Joanne Ritter-Teitel; and ORMC President and CEO, Scott Batulis.
Pictured from Left to Right: Nursing Director of Oncology Care Services, Sharon Geidel; Public Relations and Marketing Administrator, Robert Lee; Registered Nurse, Monica DelRosso; Orange Regional Medical Center Board of Directors Chairman, Terrance L. Olivio; Corinne Feller Memorial Fund for Ovarian Research and Awareness Founder, Nicole Feller Lee; Corinne Feller Scholarship Fund Founder, Anita Feller; Corinne Feller Scholarship Fund Founder, Ron Feller; Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care, Joanne Ritter-Teitel; and ORMC President and CEO, Scott Batulis.

The Complementary Therapy Room provides a place for complementary services including Reiki and Aromatherapy to be offered to inpatients of the hospital. The Corinne Feller Memorial Fund’s donation of $21,900 allowed for the expansion of both programs to seven additional hospital in-patient units including Critical and Intensive Care, Bone and Joint and in-patient rehabilitation. It also provided funding for Orange Regional to serve more patients with Reiki treatments, increase the awareness of the program and train twenty additional certified Reiki therapists. Each Inpatient Unit received their own Aromatherapy kits and Reiki supplies including Aromatherapy oils, essential oil desk references and solutions. The annual treatment goal is 720 Aromatherapy treatments per unit and 144 Reiki treatments per unit.

“We are so thankful for the generous gift and extremely excited to be able to expand our complimentary therapy offerings in honor of Corinne Feller.” states Orange Regional Medical Center Nursing Unit Director for Oncology Services Sharon Geidel “The speech that her sister, Nicole Lee, gave at the ribbon cutting ceremony was inspiring and rejuvenating to each of us! Reiki and the other caring arts modalities (CAM) elevate patient care in every sense of the word.”

For more information on the Complementary Therapies at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit: www.ormc.org/patients/complementary_medicine.aspx.

About Orange Regional Medical Center’s Complementary Reiki and Aroma Therapies

Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer Reiki Therapy to its patients as a natural approach to healing and wellness by channeling energy. Reiki is a complementary healing therapy that, when combined with traditional therapy as prescribed by a physician, promotes relaxation and comfort. Reiki is not a cure. It is a relaxation technique that releases and restores energy flow, allowing the body’s own natural healing ability to work. This form of therapy promotes healing to the mind, body and soul.
There are numerous benefits of Reiki Therapy, including:
• Reducing stress and anxiety
• Deep relaxation
• Alleviating pain
• Improving blood circulation
• Accelerating recovery
• Reducing side effects from surgery and long-term illness

Orange Regional Medical Center is offering Aromatherapy as a complementary healing therapy that, when combined with traditional therapy as prescribed by a physician, promotes relaxation and comfort. Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment that uses medicinal grade therapeutic essential oils that can be applied alone, in its purest form, or mixed with a carrier oil. The oils are absorbed by the body through the skin or through inhalation, promoting a healing energy.
Benefits of Aromatherapy include:
• Reduced stress and anxiety
• Deep relaxation
• Improved circulation
• Improved sleep
• Increased blood flow throughout the body
• Improved rate of tissue repair
• Improved emotional well-being


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