Beebe Medical Center Integrative Health Coordinator Earns Award
Beebe Medical Center announces that Cheyenne Luzader, MS, Coordinator of the Integrative Health - Complementary and Alterative Medicine program, has been honored for her outstanding service to the community.
Ms. Luzader was presented with the Chairman's Award at the annual Families, Individuals & Communities conference, which is sponsored by Delaware Technical & Community College. Conference planning committee member Lori Westcott presented the award during the event, held recently at the Del Tech Owens Campus in Georgetown.
Ms. Luzader has worked to improve health and wellness in Sussex County for more than 30 years. In 1979, she developed and coordinated the original Women in Transition Program at the Owens Campus. The idea for the annual Families, Individuals & Communities conference arose from her work. (The conference was called Families in Crisis until this year.) Ms. Luzader served as chairperson for the first planning committee for the first two years and continued to serve as a committee member for many years, arranging for speakers and leading workshops.
Over the years Ms. Luzader, who has a master's degree in counseling from West Virginia University, has served as a bereavement coordinator, an addictions rehabilitation counselor and a mental health counselor, helping people in Sussex County overcome serious personal and family problems. She has been educated or certified in several health and wellness specialties including biofeedback, acupuncture, hypnosis, herb information and palliative care.
Ten years ago she started the first integrative health program in a Delaware hospital when she started the program at Beebe Medical Center. Integrative health programs are now found in many hospitals. Ms. Luzader works to integrate alternative health practices, such as Reiki, relaxation breathing techniques, sound healing and biofeedback, with conventional medical treatments. She has worked with many patients at Beebe Medical Center and at the Tunnell Cancer Center. In her role as Program Coordinator, she also provides research and educational resources to those in the community. She educates nursing students at the Beebe School of Nursing and at the University of Delaware about complementary and alternative practices and prepares workshops for non-profit, health-related associations.
As a member of the Delaware Heritage Commission, she is involved in a project to record the oral history of the Nanticoke Tribe. Ms. Luzader has been an associate professor in behavioral science courses at Wilmington University for 27 years.
Caption: Cheyenne Luzader, left, receives the award from Lori Westcott. Christel Shumate of the Delaware Department of Libraries stands in the background. Both Westcott and Shumate are members of the Conference Planning Committee.
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org