Programs

Programs

The Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program offers a variety of experiences for patients, visitors and staff focused on improving health. In general, healing arts programs have been shown to:

  • Shorten post-operative recovery and hospital stays
  • Raise pain thresholds and reduce need for pain medications
  • Improve mood
  • Lower blood pressure and heart rate
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Enhance sleep patterns, alertness, and growth in newborns

Healing Arts programs are available locally through generous contributions and volunteer efforts of talented individuals. If you would have an idea for a program or are interested in supporting the Dr. Robert L. A. Keeley Healing Arts Program, please call 540-224-4544 or email healingarts@carilionclinic.org

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Meighan Sharp
Artist-in-Residence
January 23, 2017
 
I enter Ms. K’s room. It’s dim, the TV is on, and she is in bed, resting with her eyes closed. The nurses have told me that she is blind and, sure enough, several signs with this information are posted in the room. I wonder if I should wake her. Ms. K is my first patient with the Artist-in-Residence program, and I’m hesitant. She’s recovering from surgery. I don’t want to be a bother.
 
She opens her eyes, so I introduce myself. “Would you like to make something with me?”

Again I closed my eyes and just let my brain and my body soak in the words as she read. I cannot express how helpful those few minutes were, hearing these poems being read by complete strangers. What a Blessing to give!

Janet Wimmer
Artist-in-Residence
May 18, 2016
 
On Saturday April 30th, the NICU hosted a Mother's Day event for moms to enjoy a relaxing day to get a massage, to have nails painted and to create a painting for the new baby's room. I enjoyed working with moms and a few dads as they chose an idea and painted an 8 x 10 canvas in the colors of their nursery at home. What fun to have something special to take home and hang on the wall! We had everything from teddy bears sleeping in the moon to Hello Kitty paintings and baby elephants!