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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 540-224-4544 or email healingarts@carilionclinic.org

 

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