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Healing Arts

Healing Arts

New Hanover Regional Medical Center offers integrative therapies through the Healing Arts Network (HAN), a group of certified therapists who work with the medical teams to improve the quality of life of our patients.  We use a variety of mind and body approaches that complement medical care and promote healing.  Patients learn to relax, manage pain, express feelings and try new coping skills.

Healing Arts Network Programs:

Expressive Therapy

Talking, writing, drawing, painting, focused breathing, progressive relaxation, meditation and guided imagery can all help to improve health by reducing stress. 

Music Therapy

Music can have powerful effects on the patient's health. It can improve mood, change heart rate and lower blood pressure and stress. Patients may listen to or create music and songs to help express feelings and decrease pain while learning how to relax.

Child Life

Child Life programs can reduce the stress experienced by children and families, helping them cope with their hospital experience by using musical instruments, painting, and games as positive outlets.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy helps patients relax. This lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system and decreases pain. Full body or partial massage gives patients an overall feeling of comfort.

Therapeutic Touch

By moving the hands over the body, the therapist helps balance the patient's energy.  This subtle work helps the patient relax and heal. Therapeutic touch is scientifically based in nursing practice.


Gentle yoga movements, simple stretches, guided relaxation and awareness of one's breathing help improve blood pressure, flexibility, balance and other body functions. Yoga reduces stress and brings peace of mind.

CranioSacral Therapy

This therapy uses light touch to release restrictions in the body and create balance.  A special process, called somatoemotional release, can help relieve the lasting effects of trauma and illness.  It is effective for a wide range of medical problems. 

Tai Chi/Qi Gong

These slow excercises and breathing techniques increase the flow of energy through the body.  An instructor makes patient room visits.

Pet Therapy

The Healing Arts Network provides trained pet therapy dog visits with patients. Interaction with these affectionate animals calms, comforts and lifts the spirits.

How can I access the Healing Arts Network?

Healing Arts services are ordered by a physician to coordinate with the patient's overall plan of care. Let your nurse or physician know that you are interested in the Healing Arts services. An assessment will be completed so the appropriate services can be provided.

For information, please contact:

Maureen Dugan  910.343.7973          
Michele Erich  910.815.5870

How can I help? 

The Healing Arts Network is funded by gifts and donations.  If you would like to support the work of the Healing Arts Network, you may get information by contacting the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation
2259 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401  |  910.343.7000