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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 540-224-5398 or email healingarts@carilionclinic.org

 

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AIR is the acronym for Artist In Residence, a position I recently resumed with Carilion Hospital’s Healing Arts Program.

Reflection

 

Today I enjoyed my second day back at the easel, after my service in Zambia, working as Artist-in-Residence at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. I received hugs, crazy job offers (no, I really can't, but it would be fun to move to Spain and paint murals for a pediatric ward; less likely, to set off immediately, this afternoon, and go sailing for indeterminate years with a quite elderly group of wonderfully jovial retired fishermen, to be paid in cornbread and whiskies, since I don't eat fish).  I enjoyed enthusiastic encouragement and great conversations. I overheard drifts of hospital sorrow, bubbles of excitement, melodies of gratitude.

Cara Ellen Modisett

August 11, 2014

 

The Journeys We Take

 

Describe a journey you've taken.

 

That's the question I've been asking in the main lobby the last couple weeks – it's a question that can be answered in so many different ways, and it's prompted the most conversations from passersby of any of the questions I've asked.

 

Journeys are significant things – they're about goals, destinations, getting from one place to another, but they are, by their nature, also about what happens along the way.